Library News

Christmas range now available in the Abbey Visitor Centre

Are you starting to prepare for Christmas?  Our Christmas stock has started to arrive in the Downside Abbey Visitor Centre. As well as all our usual gifts and books, we also have: Christmas cards (including a new range from Downside Abbey Archives and Library) Advent candles Advent calendars The Abbey Visitor Centre is open at the […]

Archive Discoveries: OG Friendship

We have recently discovered a great friendship between two OGs who died in WWI. Thanks to our partnership with a local U3A, Downside Archives and Library have been digitalising the photographic archive. Scanning the images has enabled us to zoom in and inspect details we have previously been unable to see. One of the most […]

Removing Windows from the Monastery Library

Over the last few weeks, we have been following the work of Techniglaze as they replace the windows in the Monastery Library with state of the art glass. The new frames are bespoke, and are specially treated to ensure no UV light enters the library. UV light damages the books on the shelves. The new […]

Ghost Images

Over the last month, the Archives and Library team have been working on a new ‘ghost image’ project.