Located in the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library

Monday 12th September to Saturday 31 December

Open 10 am – 5 pm (last admission 4.30 pm)

A new exhibition in Hereford Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi and Chained Library building explores the historic use of recycling and how this has managed to preserve artifacts and information which might otherwise have been lost.

The Waste Not, Want Not exhibition this autumn will showcase items from the cathedral’s collections which have reused or repurposed older materials, and given them a new lease of life. Ranging from old books and documents carefully re-using parchment, to reframing stained glass fragments or resetting silver and gems – there are many ways that the cathedral of the past ‘wasted not’.

In a culture which is permeated with fast, disposable and easy, we can take inspiration from a time where resources were sparse and used in every way possible.

The exhibition features items such as a scrap of parchment used to record the receipt of a salary for the Dean’s Champion, and the oldest piece of manuscript book held in the collections – used as endleaves in a later volume.

Archivist Elizabeth Semper O’Keefe is keen to show what the cathedral has to offer: “the story of archives can often be a story of chance survival against the odds, so it is fantastic to be shining a spotlight on some of these survivors and to celebrate their new purpose alongside their original use.”

Alongside the exhibition the cathedral will run a series of workshops, including one which will use ‘found papers’ to construct new notebooks.

Normal admission charges apply.

To find out more about the Cathedral Library and Archives, please contact Elizabeth Semper O’Keefe on 01432 374 225 or [email protected].