Between 2011 and 2014 an exciting PhD project – led by Hannah Thomas – analysed the little-known Jesuit Library of the Cwm, which is hidden amongst the collections of books at Hereford Cathedral.

The project was a joint venture between Hereford Cathedral and Swansea University, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, to set the Jesuit Library in its proper historical context, both from a religious perspective and its importance to the history of the region.

Exceptionally, Hannah’s viva voce examination was held at the cathedral at the beginning of January 2015, so that the examiners could view her exhibition, ‘Food for the Soul through Learning’, which was on show at the time. To our delight Hannah was awarded her PhD. You can find out more about the project on her blog.

To find all the Cwm books, choose ‘Library Catalogue’ from the list on the left, go into the online catalogue and simply enter ‘Cwm’ as a keyword.