What is a manuscript?
A manuscript is usually a volume written by hand, or a collection of documents brought together to form a volume. Manuscripts are kept separately from the Library’s archive collections, although the relationship between them is close.
The Library’s manuscripts are written on paper, vellum, papyri, leaves, slate and various other media. We also have examples of manuscripts in various languages, including Welsh, English, Latin, French and Cornish.
There are 2 main classes of manuscripts in the Library, namely:
- General Manuscript Collections
- Special Manuscript Collections: Peniarth, Cwrtmawr, Llanstephan