What's in the collections?

York Minster's incredibly rich collection of objects spans a range of over 2000 years.

Coins, building fragments and other artefacts from Roman York show the earliest origins of our city and hint at the buildings and lives which occupied this space, long before the Minster was built. Our treasures include spiritual artefacts such as Anthony Babington's rosary and more unusual objects such as the Horn of Ulf.

Rich textiles have long been a feature at the Minster, decorating altars and chapels, hanging as banners and flags, and being worn by bishops and archbishops. Medieval fragments and their modern counterparts show change and continuity over centuries of worship. Practical or ceremonial, elaborate or plain, our collection contains furniture for all of the church's functions through the ages.

Science and art meet in our colourful stained glass windows and glass fragments, both medieval and modern. Carved stonework demonstrates how medieval craftsmen skilfully worked biblical stories into the fabric of the building.

Tombs, sculptures and plaques commemorate the lives of people who died both in peacetime and war.

The archives document the work of the Minster plus related organisations and individuals over more than 850 years, in writing, photographs, and sound and video recordings.

The manuscript collections comprise a wide range of documents connected with religious and non-religious life in Yorkshire over the past millennium. They include the York Gospels, written about the year 1000.

What's online now?

We are working hard to share all of these incredible collections and will be updating the catalogue in phases. Records currently online include Monuments, Silver Plate, Furnishings, Treasures & Memorabilia, Windows and some of our archives and manuscript collections. Textiles, Archaeology, Worked Stone and more of the archives and manuscript collections are still to be launched so do keep checking! You can find out which archives and manuscript collections have been added to the catalogue by downloading the 'Accessing the Collections' document on our Collections webpage.
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