Book, before repair - St George's College
Book, before repair

The Chapter Library, containing over 6,000 rare books, has always been an integral part of the life of St George’s. Its treasures, which date from the 12th century, include one of the first books to be printed in England.

Centuries of dust, dirt and the inevitable wear and tear have seriously damaged many of the volumes making them unfit for research and display. The need is for an extensive and urgent programme of repair if this nationally important Library is to be preserved for future generations. To date, some £150,000 has been raised for conserving the volumes, with the work needed ranging from simple repairs to existing bindings and boards to a complete rebinding, from the provision of boxes for vulnerable items, to the cleaning, treatment and repair of pages.

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Ham Court book after conservation

Help us preserve over 800 years of our national heritage by adopting a book.

All those interested are invited to adopt a book by making a donation of £50 or more. £50 adopts a book printed from 1601-1700, £100 a book printed from 1501-1600, and £200 adopts a music manuscript, an archive volume or a document with a wax seal. Due to the popularity of the Adopt a Book appeal all of the Chapter Library volumes printed after 1700 have now been adopted so we are no longer able to offer them. However, donations of all sizes are gratefully received and all gifts over £10 will be recorded in a benefactors’ book.

For each adoption a bookplate inscribed with the words of your choice, perhaps commemorating a special event or anniversary, will be fixed as a lasting memorial inside the cover of the volume. You (or a nominated recipient) will also receive a certificate incorporating a copy of the bookplate and the author and title of the book adopted. Adopters are invited annually to see their volumes, be given a tour of the Library and meet other adopters.  Visit our Blog for news about the rare books and updates on recent conservation work made possible by the scheme.

If you would like to support this vital conservation work please contact us or alternatively please complete the Adopt a Book form which can be downloaded here. Gift aid declaration has been included with the form and is available separately below. Online payments can be made through the Chapel shop.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer and would like us to make the most of your donation, please also complete the declaration on the form and send it to the Archivist and Chapter Librarian at the address included.

The Queen's Free Chapel. The Chapel of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. The Chapel of the College of St George.