May 20, 2022

UK: Law Society Plans to Break up 5,000-Strong Collection of Medieval Manuscripts and Books by Selling Them at Auction

From The Daily Mail (UK):

Historian and television presenter Diarmaid MacCulloch has expressed his ‘anger’ at the Law Society’s plans to auction a collection of manuscripts, rare books and pamphlets.

The Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford, who also presents the BBC series A History of Christianity, has joined the University of Kent’s campaign to preserve the historic collection.

The university and Canterbury Cathedral have asked the Law Society to reconsider its intention to break up the Mendham Collection which contains about 5,000 invaluable items.


A Law Society spokeswoman told the Kent Messenger newspaper that it needed to sell the documents to raise much-needed cash.

She said the Society had given the university and cathedral until November to submit a bid to reclaim the collection.

Anyone wishing to support the campaign can sign the petition.

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