Use this website to view digitised copies of manuscripts and archives in the British Library’s collections, with descriptions of their contents.

Explore the Library's latest major acquisition, the St Cuthbert Gospel.

Some other highlights include the Harley Golden Gospels, Beowulf, the Silos Apocalypse, Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook, the Petit Livre d’Amour and the Golf Book.

To consult the British Library’s main catalogue of manuscript material visit Search our Catalogue Archives and Manuscripts. Selected images of illuminated manuscripts can be found in our Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts.

The content in the Digitised Manuscripts viewer is intended for research and study purposes, including use in educational contexts. The Library requests that where these images are used, the British Library is credited as the source of the material. For any further uses please see the British Library website’s terms of use which can be found here.