Gloucester Cathedral's monastic library opens to public

A cathedral in Gloucester is to allow the public access to its monastic library for the first time.

The 14th Century library at Gloucester Cathedral will be opened on 10 September as part of the city's History and Heritage Week.

Some of the delicate manuscripts and deeds in the archive's collection date back to the 13th Century.

Preservation and monitoring work has been carried out to ensure the works are not damaged when people visit.

Cathedral archivist Chris Jeens said: "Visitors can unintentionally do a lot of damage to old books and documents simply because they increase the humidity level so much.

"But we are hopeful that we can allow limited access to the public in the future.

"This Heritage Open Day is the first step in that process."

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