TREASURES OF LAMBETH PALACE LIBRARY - 400TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION 1610-2010 400 years since its foundation, Lambeth Palace Library offers the public a fascinating exhibition opening in London at Lambeth Palace's Great Hall.
The Friends have presented some very special items to the Library's collection including a 1516 letter of indulgence, issued by Pope Leo X, for the rebuilding of St Peter’s in Rome; first editions of landmark texts in the history of the Church of England; a copy of the warrant for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and an accompanying letter from the Privy Council, dated 3 February 1587; papers relating to the divorce of King Henry VIII Katherine of Aragon; an account of the baptism of the future King Charles II; papers relating to the rebuilding of St Paul’s Cathedral after the Great Fire; and a hand coloured lithograph of the christening of the Princess Royal, 1841. In 1996 the Library was enhanced through the transfer of the pre-1850 collections from Sion College Library (established in 1630 for the benefit of the London clergy), including an extremely rare Babylonian Talmud printed by Daniel Bomberg at Venice between 1526 and 1548.
As part of the Scala ‘Great Libraries of the World’ series, a beautiful book accompanies the exhibition ‘Lambeth Palace Library: Treasures from the Collection of the Archbishops of Canterbury’, edited by Dr Richard Palmer and Dr Michelle Brown. Published in hardback in March 2010, a softback edition will be on sale at the Exhibition.
For further information and advance bookings (recommended), visit www.lambethpalacelibrary.org.
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Lambeth Palace Library is designated as an outstanding collection of pre-eminent national and international importance by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
For a special admission fee of £2.50 (rather than the usual £6.00) visitors to ‘Treasures of Lambeth Palace Library – 400th Anniversary Exhibition 1610 – 2010’ can enjoy entry to the Garden Museum's permanent collection, garden and temporary exhibition space. The Garden Museum's temporary exhibition at this time will be "Christopher Lloyd: A Life at Great Dixter." This exhibition will present a unique perspective on the life and work of one of the great characters of 20th century gardening. Visitors to the Museum can also enjoy lunch in the Garden Café and browse in the Museum shop. Simply show your Lambeth Palace Library ticket at the Museum's front desk to benefit from this exclusive offer. Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB (closed first Monday of every month) www.gardenmuseum.org.uk.
Open: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, last admission 4.30pm. Closed on Sundays and on 22 May, 12 and 26 June 2010
Venue: The Great Hall, Lambeth Palace Library, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7JU
Curator: Gabriel Sewell, Lambeth Palace Library
Admission: In advance at www.lambethpalacelibrary.org
or telephone the 24 hour booking line on 0871 230 1107
Prices: Adult £8, concessions £7. Groups must book in advance (minimum 10). Free audio guide included with admission. Disabled access