Our Collections - Chester Cathedral

Our Collections

Chester Cathedral is the custodian of over a thousand years of living heritage.

Our collections are split into three categories – objects, library, and archive – which collectively tell the story of our magnificent medieval church and its people.


Chester Cathedral is a place of living heritage and most of our object collection is regularly used as part of worship or in our buildings. Visitors and researchers will soon be able to browse our object collection on this page.


Chester Cathedral Library contains over 5,000 volumes connected to Chester Cathedral, its people, the local area, and the study of theology. Click below to access our library catalogue.

Please be aware, the Cathedral Library is open by appointment only.

Public Access Catalogue

As a Benedictine monastery, the Scriptorium of the Abbey of St Werburgh produced a rich library collection which included widely read works produced by Chester’s own monks, Lucian and Ranulph Higden. At the Dissolution in 1541 the monastic contents of the library were either destroyed or scattered and are no longer on site. 

The Library Team regularly puts on exhibitions using our collections, supported by research from our Library Consultants. You can read some of the supporting catalogues from these exhibitions using the links to the right.


Most of the archival material belonging or related to Chester Cathedral is stored at and cared for by Cheshire Archives. The Cathedral Collection can be found by searching for ‘Dean and Chapter’ in their catalogue. Visit their website for more information.


We encourage and support research by academics and individuals with a legitimate research interest, including students. A letter of introduction is usually required for those without affiliation with a university or research institute.


We have a collecting policy that guides the items we acquire for our collections.

To send an enquiry about a donation, use this form.

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It costs £6,000 a day to care for our historic building and to maintain our worship and music tradition. We rely on the kindness and generosity of people like you to power our work.