Muniment Room Dedham Parish Church

Last updated 24th March 2009 
Name of library Muniment Room Dedham Parish Church 
Address The Vicarage, High Street, Dedham, Colchester, C07 6DE 
Telephone  01206 322136
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title Gerard Moate,  Vicar & Lecturer
Purpose & main user community of the library History of Dedham/John Constable; 17th – 18th Century Theology/Puritans; Dedham Classis, Life & Works of William Burkitt MA 
Terms of access By appointment. References required for Reader’s Permit 
Opening hours  By Arrangement
Disabled access Narrow Stone Steps in 15th Century Church 
Lending to other libraries & visitors  No. None.
Number of volumes  Pre 1851: 120; Post 1851: 350
Periodicals – Back Issues  4
Current Periodicals  None (apart from Parish magazine)
Other materials  Dedham archive photos; Glass slides of Near East; Maps and Plans
Volumes added per year  20
Coverage Puritans; William Burkitt; John Rogers; Matthew Newcomen 
Special Collections  Rendall Bequest (Canon G.R. Rendall – former Master of Charterhouse)
Manuscripts ‘William Burkitt – expository notes on the Old and New Testament, Gerald Rendall – research notes on Dedham and Essex, Reginald Hall Grubbe – index to the Parish Registers of Dedham 1560 – 1850 
Research resource  17th Century dissent/Civil War; Puritans; Dedham Classis 1580s (secret Bible studies), Huguenots; William Burkitt
Catalogue Type  Computer
URL of catalogue  No, but I would email our datafile to scholars who request it
Other facilities  Scanning of pages / OCR and e-mailing of texts now possible
Full Time Staff  
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  1
Changes in next five years affecting the above  Work in progress to improve the room and use of the library by scholars
Anything else about the library The work of restoration and development of this library in the past year: Eight 17th cent. volumes repaired
30+ pre-1851 volumes added
50+ items of Dedham interest added, inc. early postcards.