The Wandering Manuscripts

Ref: C3126099

Between 1536 and 1540 some 800 religious houses were suppressed in England and their treasures lost. Many books were destroyed, but some were rescued. Today the Hereford Cathedral Chained Library includes almost 90 such books, including ones from Cirencester Abbey, St Peter's Abbey, Gloucester, and St Guthlac's Priory, Hereford. We will trace their journeys and assess their significance. Led by Rosemary Firman. To book please phone 01432 880545 or email

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the journeys of religious manuscripts following the suppression of some 800 religious houses between 1536 and 1540.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the suppression of religion at the time
  • Assess the significance of the journeys of the manuscripts
  • Discuss the importance of the current collection

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Notebook and pen

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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The Wandering Manuscripts


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