Our mission and aims

The Catholic Archives Society is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 to promote the care of the archives of the Roman Catholic Church in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, so enabling them:

  • To be used for the efficient administration of the diocese, parish, religious foundation or lay society they concern.
  • To be available for research and cultural uses.

The Society does this by providing information, advice and training opportunities for anyone with responsibility for the identification, cataloguing, care and preservation of these archives.

The Society is not an archive repository and does not hold or collect archives.

Reproduced with kind permission of Downside Abbey Trustees