Medieval Collections

St Michael’s Church tower and spire (Coventry cathedral ruins) © Amanda Kay

Coventry has a medieval documentary archive and archaeological collection that is of national significance and deserves to be better known.

The Medieval Coventry charity is working with the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum to achieve Arts Council England Designation status for the archive. It is hoped that this will be followed by a project to digitise the archive to make it more available for research and for general public access.

At the Medieval Coventry charity’s conference on 29 September 2017 eminent speakers shared their recent research findings based on documents held in the archive. These findings will be published in 2018, followed by a shorter, popular version.

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The late Michael Hinman, former archivist at the Herbert History Centre, with delegates from the 2018 Medieval Coventry Conference looking at original medieval archives.


Fifteenth-century music sheet from the Missa Caput, hymns sung at Catholic Masses.

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