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The Cathedral Archives are a unique record of the long and fascinating history of this place, of value to both scholars and the public, present and future.

The range is impressive: from manuscripts and charters dating from before the Reformation, to books, documents and illustrations from the Victorian restoration and beyond, not to mention our beautiful facsimile of the twelfth-century St Albans Psalter. 

Learn a little more about the range of Archives we have available from our Archive experts, Rob and Richard.

Be part of the Cathedral's learning heritage

By adopting an item in the Archives, you will be supporting the Education Trust in its mission to sustain learning at the heart of the Cathedral and helping to protect our learning heritage for the future.

From just £25, you can chose an item from a selection of the Cathedral Archives. Your adoption can be as a personal donation, as a gift for family or friends, or in memory of a loved one. You can see a selection of items for adoption here.

Selection of Archives to Adopt

All adoptions include a dedication or gift message and you or your chosen recipient will receive a personalised adoption pack with a certificate and details of your adopted item. Adoptions last a lifetime (100 years) and are recorded under the name of your choosing in our Archives in perpetuity.

Adoption levels range from £25 to £1000. 

Archive item £25 | Archive item £75 | Major Archive item £150-£1000

How can I adopt the Archives?

Follow the Adopt our Archives button above to make your adoption online. Remember to fill in the comments box with your dedication or gift message to appear on the certificate. If you would like to select an item to adopt, or have any questions, please contact the Development Office on 01727 890231 or [email protected].

Your donation, including any Gift Aid, will be passed to the St Albans Cathedral Education Trust.