In 79 CE, in Herculaneum, the Villa of Papyri contained a library of 1,785 papyrus scrolls. The library was packed in cases ready to be moved to safety. The scrolls were charred but preserved - the only surviving library of Antiquity. Modern science has enabled them to be read. Many contain previously unknown works.
Hereford Mappa Mundi - the largest intact Medieval wall map in the world and its ambition is breathtaking – to picture all of human knowledge in a single image. The work of a team of artists, the world it portrays is overflowing with life, featuring Classical and Biblical history, contemporary buildings and events, animals and plants from across the globe, and the infamous ‘monstrous races’ which were believed to inhabit the remotest corners of the Earth.