The Old Chapel Museum is the oldest museum collection in the English-speaking world, dating back to 1609. Many of the objects in the Collections bear witness to its unique place in English Catholic history, while others show how pupils and staff have made their mark on the world as scientists, travellers, archaeologists, antiquarians, soldiers, civil servants and missionaries all over the globe.

Objects on display include:

  • First Folio of Shakespeare
  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Prayer books belonging to Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth of York
  • Natural History Collection
  • Historic Church Vestments
  • Manuscripts written by Gerard Manley Hopkins

The museum will be open to members of the public on limited dates throughout the academic year. 


2019 Dates:

Wednesday 18th December


2020 Dates:

Wednesday 8th April

Wednesday 15th July

Wednesday 22nd July

Wednesday 29th July

Friday 31st July

Wednesday 5th August

Wednesday 12th August

Wednesday 19th August



  • Open between 10.00am and 3.00pm
  • £5.00 entry – No pre-booking required
  • Café facilities are not available on museum open days.
  • Please follow signs to the main College Reception to visit the Old Chapel Museum.

Please note that due to the nature of a Grade I listed building with limited disabled access. The museum and tour route incorporate access to different levels with limited seating available. Please contact us for more information or to discuss specific requirements.

‘Every item in the Collections and Historic Libraries tells a story; to teach, to intrigue, and to provoke searching questions about our past and the present world we inhabit.’

Dr Jan Graffius, Curator