What's in the collection?


York Minster's incredibly rich collection of objects spans a range of over 2000 years.

Coins, building fragments and other artefacts from Roman York show the earliest origins of our city and hint at the buildings and lives which occupied this space, long before the Minster was built. Our treasures include spiritual artefacts such as the York Gospels and more unusual objects such as the Horn of Ulf.

Rich textiles have long been a feature at the Minster, decorating altars and chapels, hanging as banners and flags, and being worn by bishops and archbishops. Medieval fragments and their modern counterparts show change and continuity over centuries of worship. Practical or ceremonial, elaborate or plain, our collection contains furniture for all of the church's functions through the ages.

Science and art meet in our colourful stained glass windows and glass fragments, both medieval and modern. Carved stonework demonstrates how medieval craftsmen skilfully worked biblical stories into the fabric of the building.

Tombs, sculptures and plaques commemorate the lives of people who died both in peacetime and war.

What's online now?


We are working hard to share all of these incredible objects and will be updating the catalogue in phases. Records currently online include Monuments, Silver Plate, Furnishings, Treasures & Memorabilia and Windows. Textiles, Archaeology and Worked Stone are still to be launched so do keep checking!
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