The British Library is the UK’s national library with collections of global importance. The music collections are especially rich when it comes to the manuscripts of 20th century British composers.

It holds the largest collection of original documents, scores, recordings and ephemera relating to Vaughan Williams. Some of these are explored further in online web resources
( and from time-to-time original material is displayed in the Library’s exhibition galleries. Resources can be found by searching in the Manuscript Catalogue *.

Additionally, the British Library’s Discovering Music website* has the following pages that include Vaughan Williams:

Access Details

Music Manuscripts Department
96 Euston Road

Access to the British Library’s physical music collections is restricted to the Rare Books & Music Reading Room at St Pancras.

A Reader Pass is required for entry, and information about what is required to obtain this can be found on the Reader Pass page on the British Library website*.

Hours of Opening can be found on the British Library website*.

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