Lambeth Palace Library, founded in 1610, is the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of the Church of England. This lecture outlines the foundation of the library and its collections, with a particular focus on the early books from Sion College Library (which came to Lambeth in the mid-1990s).
This is the fifth in a series on Special Collections. The other lectures in this series are on the following collections:
The Guildhall Library
British Architectural Library, RIBA
The Library and Archives of the Society of Friends
Scotland Yard's Crime Museum
The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Library
St. Paul's Cathedral
Librarian and Archivist, Lambeth Palace Library, since February 2010. Prior to that he worked for nearly fifteen years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.