The football might have gone to Rome, but there’s much excitement at the Cathedral this week as a medieval manuscript returns to the building for the first time since 1539. The Book of Benefactors forms the central attraction of the Lives and Legacies exhibition, running from 19 July to 3 September as part of the city’s Medieval Summer programme of events.

The exhibition explores the rich tradition of gift-giving and benefaction evident in the Book of Benefactors. This stunning 15th century manuscript – loaned to the Cathedral by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge – records the gifts given to the Abbey by men and women of both high and low status. You can get up close and personal to this marvellous manuscript to marvel at the colourful, illuminated portraits in its pages, and learn about the monks, royalty, townspeople, and pilgrims who lived and worshipped in our city’s beautiful Cathedral.

The Lives and Legacies exhibition is part of a city-wide celebration of the manuscripts of St Albans Abbey. St Albans Cathedral and St Albans Museum+Gallery have put together a jam-packed schedule of Medieval Summer events for all of the family to enjoy. Please click here to find out more.


The Lives and Legacies exhibition is kindly supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.