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The Great Lost Library of Alcuin’s York

posted 6 Mar 2011, 15:13 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 1 Feb 2016, 15:18 ]
Mary Garrison, Lecturer in History at the University of York, has mounted an exhibition in the Upper Hall of the Old Palace, York Minster examining a chapter in the life of York Minster and its library.

York Minster had a school and library of European renown in the time of Alcuin (735-804). But the library has vanished. Was it destroyed by Viking marauders or carried off to the continent? No manuscripts that now exist can be proved to have come from Alcuin's library. This exhibition explores the character and fate of the lost library with manuscript photographs and works by contemporary calligraphers.

Opening times

24 February - 15 April 2011

2-4 pm Monday to Friday

Cost £2 per person

Location: Upper Hall of the Old Palace, York Minster