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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Video: Save The Mendham Collection at Canterbury Cathedral Library

Last week it emerged that The Law Society's Mendham Collection, currently on deposit at Canterbury Cathedral library and under the joint custodianship of the University of Kent and the cathedral, is in the process of being broken up in preparation for auction at Sotheby's. The collection is, as The Law Society website describes, "a unique collection of Catholic and anti-Catholic literature including manuscripts and printed books ranging from the 15th to the 19th centuries". Despite an initial agreement with the Cathedral and the University to retain the collection until the end of 2013, many rare and valuable items are already being removed from the library (more details of the removal, including images of the items being packed away, at Girl in the Moon). Led by Dr Alixe Bovey, Director of the University's Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Chair of the Mendham Collection Task Force, both the University and the Cathedral are raising awareness of the removal in an attempt to garner public support and halt The Law Society's attempts to auction items from the collection to raise fund

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