The Eric Thiman Collection was established in 2014 at the Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire

Southwell Minster and the Archbishop’s Palace are on the A612, eight miles from Newark and twelve miles from Nottingham.

The nearest main line railway station is Newark Northgate, with fast services to and from London and Leeds.

If using ‘SatNav,’ or Google Maps, the postcode is NG25 0HD.

Southwell is the home of the prestigious Southwell Music Festival (Director: Marcus Farnsworth) which takes place every year in late August

For more details about Southwell Minster, the Archbishop’s Palace or the Festival, please visit:



An extensive refurbishment of the Archbishop’s Palace at Southwell was carried out in 2014, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This included the creation of the Paul Hale Choir Library and study station where the Eric Thiman archive is housed (open by appointment with The Archivist , contact details above).

The project additionally included a refurbishment of the Song School, a soundscape of the choir rehearsing and the provision of appropriate facilities for the  choristers and visiting school parties.  The vaulted State Chamber, accessible by a new lift as required, is now multi-functional and makes a superb concert venue.  Outside, a new public open space – The Education Garden – has been created under the ruined fifteenth-century gable of the Palace. The Palace and Education Garden are open to the public  every day, though please check the Minster website in case there is a special event: