THE library at Salisbury Cathedral has opened its doors for a new exhibition and discovery day.

The exhibition, Bookbindings: Ancient and Modern, runs until Thursday, April 11, as part of an ongoing three-year project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to catalogue, clean and find out more about the cathedral’s rare books collection.

It features 15 ancient leather bound and embossed books from the cathedral library’s collection and more than 20 modern bindings created by the Wessex Guild of Book Binders.

Admission to the exhibition is free, and the doors will be open between 10am and 4pm daily (except Sunday when it is open from 12pm to 4pm).

In addition to the exhibition, there will also be daily Behind the Library Door pop-up talks at 2pm in the library, given by specialist volunteers.

Each volunteer will share a book they have discovered in the course of their work. Among the books to be shown is Monas Hieroglyphica by John Dee, astrologer to the court of Elizabeth 1.