Wright & Wright lands Lambeth Palace library

Elizabeth Hopkirk

Morton's Tower, now the entrance to Lambeth Palace

Existing archive split across several buildings

Wright & Wright Architects has been appointed to design a new library at Lambeth Palace.

The library houses the second-largest religious collection in Europe after the Vatican, with items dating from the 9th century to the present day.

The existing library is housed in several buildings including the Tudor entrance gate at Lambeth Palace – Morton’s Tower.

The Church Commissioners decided to commission a new purpose-built library to ensure the archive could be preserved for future generations after realising that the existing library couldn’t be upgraded to modern standards.

Clare Wright, partner at Wright & Wright, said: “The opportunity to work on this exciting piece of history is unique.

“We look forward to working with the Church of England to develop a dynamic design to house a historic collection at Lambeth Palace so that it can be preserved and viewed by more people in the future.”

The library holds around 200,000 printed books and more than 5,000 manuscripts including the Lambeth Bible, a giant illuminated Bible from the mid-12th century and a 16th-century edition of Luther’s translation of the Bible published in Wittenberg.

 

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