Library News

MANUSCRIPT LIBRARIAN VISIT

We were lucky enough to be visited by internationally renowned manuscript librarian Ilya Dines from the Library of Congress, Washington DC this week. Ilya spent some time looking through our medieval manuscript collections in the monastery library and even managed to discover some fragments of manuscripts in some of our 17th and 18th century books! […]

PORTABLE ALTAR

Dom Stephen Rawlinson, a late monk at Downside served as Assistant Principal Chaplain to the British Expeditionary Force during the Great War. Prior to this he served in South Africa as a military chaplain during the Boer War, and took a travelling field altar with him. In 1940, aged 75 he acted as an unofficial […]

VOLUNTEERS WEEK: RARE BOOK WORKSHOP

Concluding our Volunteers Week events was a fascinating workshop on the Downside Abbey Library collections from Bristol University’s George Ferzoco. Not only did our volunteers enjoy the day, but they were also joined by members of the monastic community, eager to discover more about items in the library.  In the morning there was a focus […]

VOLUNTEERS WEEK: VESTMENT TOUR AND GARDEN WALK

The second day of our Volunteers Week events has been an absolute cracker, with our volunteers treated to a tour of the sacristy, talks from outside speakers and a walk around the monastery gardens with Fr Leo.  The sacristy here at Downside Abbey is the largest in the country, and within it are some beautiful […]