Please note that the reading room is closed on Wednesday 4 October (the exhibition is unaffected), and that due to a private event the reading room and exhibitions will be closing at 17:00 on Thursday 5 October. The reading room will be open as usual on Friday 6 October.
5th October – 15th December 2023
Born in 1500 into the highest circles of the English aristocracy, becoming both cardinal and England’s last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, Reginald Pole steered a perilous course through the storm of the European Reformation. A brilliant scholarly career in Italy took him to Rome, from where he launched an audacious campaign against Henry VIII’s regime and its anti-papal policies. His intellectual leadership of the Church mirrored his position in a circle of close spiritual friends, which included the artist Michelangelo. Returning to England after the accession of the Catholic Queen Mary, Pole reconciled the English Church to Rome and did much to re-establish Catholicism before his premature death at Lambeth in 1558. This exhibition brings together books from Oxford, London, and Rome to tell the story of this complex, charismatic individual.
This free exhibition will be in Library’s exhibition room from 5 October 2023, 9:30 – 17:00 Monday to Friday. Saturday 7 October, 4 November, 2 December 10:00 -17:00
This exhibition has been made possible
as a result of the Government Indemnity
Scheme. Lambeth Palace Library
would like to thank HM Government
for providing Government Indemnity and the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and
Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.
Items in this exhibition have been acquired
through the generous assistance of the
Archbishop of Canterbury, the Friends of
Lambeth Palace Library, the Friends of the
National Libraries, and the V&A Purchase Fund.
This inaugural exhibition for the Library’s new exhibition room celebrates musical treasures held in Lambeth Palace Library, placing better-known holdings alongside lesser-known volumes and fragments from the collections.
The exhibition features the Arundel Choirbook (one of the most important records of Tudor polyphonic music); Sion College’s illuminated York Breviary from the 15th century; and sermon notes pertinent to the composition of the hymn “Amazing Grace” (celebrating its 250th anniversary this year). These are displayed alongside numerous other beautiful and interesting examples of music in the Library’s collections found in a variety of forms and spanning the 11th to 20th centuries.
This free exhibition will be open from 23 June to 18 September 2023. In addition, a concert (including private view of the exhibition) will be held in conjunction with the exhibition on 11 July. The annual Friends of Lambeth Palace Library Lecture, to be delivered by Professor Magnus Williamson on 23 June, will also complement the exhibition.
For more information about the concert and to book tickets, please see our Eventbrite.
We are grateful to Hymns Ancient and Modern for a grant towards the costs of producing this exhibition – www.hymnsam.co.uk
Lambeth Palace Library has released the first video on its new Youtube Channel. Dr Sarah Griffin, Assistant Archivist, looks at illuminated images in one of the Library’s medieval manuscripts (MS 522), and how their reflective, golden surfaces respond to light. Watch it here, Gold: a glimpse inside an illuminated medieval manuscript