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Library & research

The definitive resource for research into all aspects of the Abbey’s history is the extensive and historic collections belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

Use our library and archives

About our collection

The books and manuscripts in the historic Library of the Dean and Chapter date from the 16th century. Our archives go back to the tenth century, when the Abbey was founded as a monastery.

Library collection

Muniment collection

Records Series

Catalogues

Photographic collections

We also hold extensive photographic collections, featuring the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church. You can buy prints and digital images – please contact us for details of availability, prices and reproduction fees.

Contact us

Westminster Abbey Library
East Cloister
London
SW1P 3PA

[email protected]

020 7654 4830

also 020 7654 4829 or 020 7654 4828


Our staff

Head of Abbey Collection and Librarian – Dr Tony Trowles

Curator – Dr Susan Jenkins

Keeper of the Muniments – Matthew Payne

Assistant Keeper of the Muniments – Christine Reynolds

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You are surrounded by history at the Abbey, not like a museum where it’s just displayed, but here you are standing where history has happened.

Gerlinde - Abbey Marshal

Westminster Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Contact us

The Chapter Office
Westminster Abbey
20 Dean's Yard
London
SW1P 3PA +44(0)20 7222 5152 [email protected]

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