A rather surly 'welcome' from the ticket-seller greeted us on our Friday morning visit to the bizarre Mappa Mundi exhibition adjoining Hereford Cathedral. This small exhibition is about as extensive as you could expect given it's singular theme, but very well contexturalized. Having sat through the short film explaining some details and after peering through glass at the dimly-lit Mappa itself, it is very interesting to revisit the modern, very clear English facsimile which then begins to make sense: you could spend many a long hour just looking at all the mesmerising detail - fascinating.
The chained library on the other hand is just stunning. Admittedly it is simply a collection of manuscripts dating back to the 100's, all chained and not accessible to the public. There are however facsimiles of pages from some of the more important tomes plus a series of exhibits tying in to the Mappa Mundi illustrations which provide further insight. However, what made our visit to the Library was a conversation with the charming and erudite librarian who shares wonderful nuggets of information and learning, such a charming lady.
Our rating reflects the rather steep entry fee for the exhibition.
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