In 1896, twin sisters Agnes Smith Lewis and Margaret Dunlop Gibson brought a collection of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts from Egypt and deposited them at the United Reform Church's Westminster College in England. Recently Oxford and Cambridge Universities teamed to buy the collection at auction for UK£1.2m.
Over 1500 document fragments, rescued from the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, make up the collection, "a unique and vibrant window into a lost age," according to Cambridge researcher Dr Ben Outhwaite. The manuscripts include sacred texts, legal documents, and writings of ordinary people. The collection will be digitized by Oxford University.