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Other local collections

As well as developing its own collections, the University seeks to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with other local organisations with collections relevant to its programmes of study and research.

Please note, the University is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Local collections

Chained Library at Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral Library & Archives provide a unique research facility for readers and scholars. This cultural resource, formed over many hundreds of years, continues to develop.

It includes a historic collection of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, a substantial archive of cathedral activities from medieval times to the present day, and a modern reference and lending library.

The online catalogue contains records for:

  • The loan collection of over 4,000 modern books on religion and theology
  • The local history reference collection and other reference books
  • All the books in the Hereford Cathedral Chained Library
  • The Chained Library of All Saints' Church, Hereford
  • The Cwm collection of mainly 17th-century Jesuit books

Medieval manuscripts are not included in the online catalogue. For detailed information on these, see R.A.B. Mynors and R.M. Thomson, Catalogue of the manuscripts of Hereford Cathedral Library (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1993).

(Image Copyright - Hereford Cathedral)

The Hurd Library

The Hurd Library, founded in 1783 by Richard Hurd, Bishop of Worcester from 1781-1808, at Hartlebury Castle Worcestershire, is open by appointment to students and scholars by kind permission of the Bishop of Worcester and the Church Commissioners.

This magnificent and nationally important library is a unique example of a working library, formed by an 18th century Anglican bishop of wide interests, still on its original shelves in the room built for it. It holds some 5,000 volumes on extremely varied subjects, ranging in date from 1476 to the early 19th century, and includes over 40 volumes from the library of Alexander Pope.

Enquiries about the library or applications to consult it may be made by:

For more information please see the Trust website:

(image copyright - Dr. John Harcup)

The Infirmary is an interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries and displays stored collections from the George Marshall Medical Museum.

The wider collection holds several original archives including oral histories, photographs and documents.

The Infirmary is always happy to facilitate visits for visiting researchers and students

(Image copyright Louise Price)

Charles IThe Stuart Collection contains over one thousand books concerned with the period of history in which Britain was under Stuart rule (1603-1714).

Largely bequeathed to Worcester City Library in 1900 by John Grainger, it includes several hundred books actually printed during the period, supported by a number of later volumes engaged in its study. There are many fascinating subjects covered within, from law to religion, politics, a strong focus on the civil war and even books of songs and idle gossip.

The Collection can be found on Level four at The Hive in secure shelving. The books can be consulted, but due to the age of many of the volumes all viewings must take place in the original documents examination room on Level 2.  Please ask a member of staff in The Hive if you wish to view any of the material in the Collection.

(Image - Portrait of Charles I of England (1600-1649)by Daniël Mijtens (circa 1590–circa 1647) From Wikimedia Commons )

Wycliffe Bible at Worcester Cathedral The library and archive has been an integral part of the life of Worcester Cathedral since Anglo-Saxon times.

It exists to facilitate research by scholars, and for relevant local and family history enquiries by members of the public. Through tours for interested groups, the library enables ordinary people to see historic books and ancient documents

An appointment can be booked to study in the Cathedral library from Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm then from 1.45pm to 4.45pm.  All researchers will need to make an appointment and bring a letter of introduction (in the case of University of Worcester students this should be from one of your tutors or research supervisors).

(Image copyright - Worcester Cathedral)

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service hold a wide variety of original, microform and electronic sources which can be used for family, local history or academic research.

Collections available include: Local studies and archaeology library, photographs, maps and plans, The Historic Environment Record, records of local families, groups, societies and businesses, Quarter Sessions and County and District Council records including The Worcester City Archive, sources for researching life stories and social history, records of the Diocese of Worcester and Non-conformist records.