Library News

James Edmund Harting Exhibition

The monastery archives and library team has recently installed its latest pop up exhibition in the Abbey Visitor Centre focusing on the collections of James Harting. Harting (1841-1928) was educated at Downside from 1854-60 and became a renowned ornithologist and naturalist. Downside holds his material as it was donated to us on his death and […]

Exhibition with Radstock Museum

We are delighted to announce that in the first half of 2018 we will be running an exhibition at Radstock Museum. Between February and April 2018, we will be running an exhibition with Radstock Museum, entitled From Douai to Downside, and documents how a community of monks arrived in Somerset in 1814. The exhibition will […]

Archive Finds: Monk Mapping

Downside Heritage volunteers have been researching the birthplaces of Downside’s community. Over the years, monks have come from all over the globe, including Egypt, Australia, Mexico and India. Our volunteers have been pinning maps showing us where the monks were born which shows for the first time how global the Downside community is. To find […]

New Windows in Monastery Library

We are excited to announce that the work on the windows in the monastery library is now finished. Since September works have been carried out to replace the windows and clean the concrete on the base of the library. The work is now complete and the we are excited to share the results with you. […]