The Treasury The Crypt Treasury is open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and Sunday 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm. 

Seeing Red in the Cathedral Library

The present exhibition of books in the Treasury displays books which use the colour red. The six books each come from a different European country: Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and England.

The earliest item is a leaf of a thirteenth century illuminated manuscript in a book given to St James’ Church when the library was founded by Miles Mosse in 1595.

Early printers attempted to produce books of the same quality as the manuscripts created by the scribes and illuminators of the time. Two fifteenth century volumes illustrate how they introduced colour. Euclid (1491) shows how they were able to print in red by making a second impression but Gerson (1483) shows how skilled craftsmen were still often used to paint the initial letters. 

The two church service books displayed demonstrate how the red ‘rubric’ gives the instructions for the next part of the ceremony and the Liber Sextus (1510) uses red for emphasis in the tables of Consanguinity and Affinity.

Seeing Red Website


For further information see Libraries/Ancient Library.

Of particular note in the Cathedral itself is the sculpture of the Crucified Christ by Dame Elisabeth Frink, the statue of the Madonna and Child by Leonard Goff, the Martyrdom of St Edmund: a painting by Brian Whelan, the tapestry depicting the visit of King Henry VI to the Shrine of St Edmund, and the gold and silver candlesticks and cross on the High Altar.