St David's Cathedral Library is the only Cathedral Library in situ in Wales. The present Collection dates back to the 16th Century and the Reformation. We have copies of some of the early Bibles in Welsh and early Bibles in English.
Find out more about what we do and the services we offer using the links below.
Join us for an introductory tour of the Library and the Collection by the Dean of St Davids, The Very Rev'd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones.
LIBRARY VISITS AND EVENTS
CATHEDRAL LIBRARY VISITS
During October and November 2021, come and visit this unique Library Collection in situ. Book here via EventBrite for Monday and Friday afternoons.
For longer research visits and queries, please email to Library@StDavidsCathedral.org.uk.
UK LIBRARIES WEEK - 4th-8th October 2021
A series of Talks and events were held in St Davids Cathedral examining some of the issues raised by the anniversary of the pilgrimage visit by Henry II in 1171, the brutal and public murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket a few months before and 12th century building developments in the Cathedral. Copies of the Presentations and Talks are being posted on this site in the weeks following their delivery in the Cathedral. For further information, please email to Library@StDavidsCathedral.org.uk
Monday, 4th October 2pm - The Crozier's Journey - Online Presentation of the journey of one of the Cathedral's 12th century Bishop's Croziers which was loaned to the British Museum for their summer 2021 exhibition "Thomas Becket Murder and the Making of a Saint". Including Conversation with the Curator.
Tuesday, 5th October
2pm - Looking through the Becket miracle windows - what can we see? Dr Heather Payne.
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3pm - Gerald the Welshman. A medieval Canon Lawyer Rediscovered. Prof Norman Doe, Cardiff University, Centre for Law and Religion.
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Wednesday, 6th October
2pm - New Archaeology in St Davids Cathedral. Revealing the 12th Century - Ross Cook, ArchaeoDomus Archaeological & Heritage Services, Cathedral Archaeologist to St Davids
How were the Cathedral Library walls built in the 14th Century? Was the Library muniments chest made in the 12th Century?
- Walk and Talk inside the 12th Century Cathedral – Walking tour with Ross of three parts of the inside of the Cathedral built in the 12th Century.
- Walk and Talk outside the 12th Century Cathedral - Walking tour with Ross round the outside of the Cathedral building (weather permitting).
Thursday, 7th October
2pm - Researchers’ Dissertations North Transept
A series of presentations by researchers who have used the resources of the Cathedral Library for their research dissertations.
Gillian Lander, Auckland University The Offices of St David and St Thomas in the Penpont Antiphon;
Megan Rees, Bristol University Welcomed with open arms: Girl choristers at St Davids Cathedral
Rev’d Sophie Whitmarsh, Trinity College Bristol What does the spirituality and life of Dewi Sant teach us for mission today?
Friday, 8th October
11am-11.45am - Visits to the Cathedral Library
12 noon - Pilgrim Prayers at the medieval shrine of St David.
1pm-2pm From Neumes to Now. A musical timeline. With Christopher Limbert, St Davids Cathedral Vicar Choral.
Location: North Transept.
PREVIOUS EVENTS - 2021
On 25th, 26th and 29th September 2021 St David's Cathedral was part of the OPEN DOORS / DRYSAU AGORED programme. Part of the wider European Heritage Days programme covering 50 European countries, OPEN DOORS / DRYSAU AGORED is co-ordinated by CADW, the heritage part of the Welsh Government. Over 150 historic Welsh venues offered free entry, activities and events at various times throughout September. St Davids Cathedral is, of course, open 365 days a year (outside of global pandemics) and this extra involvement will enable us to join with our neighbours in the fascinating medieval Bishops Palace as well as with historic venues across Europe who are all sharing their built heritage with free entry, activities and events for members of the public.
Activities in St Davids Cathedral included:
Saturday 25th September
8am - Morning Prayer & Holy Communion. St Thomas Becket Chapel.
10.30-11.30am - Guided Tour of Cathedral.
11am-11.30am - Cartoon film "Gerald of Wales" made by CADW - was shown in Cathedral south transept and is available on YouTube
3pm-4pm Guided Tour of Cathedral.
Sunday 26th September
9.30am - Cymun Bendigaid, Capel Mair.
9.30am - Family Service, north transept.
11.15am-12.15pm - Choral Mattins. Sung by the Cathedral Choir.
2pm-3pm - Guided Tour of Cathedral.
Wednesday 29th September 2021
Michaelmas and 850th Anniversary of Henry II visit on pilgrimage 1171.
A series of services, tours, talks and walks were held to mark the visit on pilgrimage on 29th September 1171 by Norman King Henry II within a year of the brutal and public murder of Thomas Becket. The programme included an OPEN DOORS welcome to the Cathedral as part of CADW's contribution to the Europe-wide Heritage Days events. Some of the issues raised in consideration of the Michaelmas visit and 12th Century in the Cathedral are being discussed during UK Libraries Week, 4th-8th October, in a series of live and online Talks and events.
8am - Morning Prayer in St Thomas Becket Chapel. All welcome.
10.30am-11.30am Guided Tour of 12th Century Cathedral.
The tour was continued by crossing the bridge between the Cathedral and the medieval Bishops Palace and joining an Open Doors Guided Tour of Bishops Palace by CADW