The Abbey Archives and Library constitute one of the largest collections of research material in the South West of England.

The collection contains the centralised papers of the English Benedictine Congregation as well as a substantial collection of material from Downside’s daughter foundation at Ealing, London. The Library is the largest private library in the South West of England. Its strengths are in Philosophy, Theology, Patristics, History, Biblical Exegesis and Sundials. Its Rare Book Collection is one of the finest in the country.

The Archive collections include:

Further details of selected collections can be found from the National Register of Archives by clicking here.

All Archive and Library enquiries should be addressed, in the first instance, to the Keeper, Dr Simon Johnson:

Abbey Archives and Library,
Downside Abbey,
Stratton on the Fosse,