The Catholic Archives Society is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 with the aim to promote the care of Roman Catholic archives through its work and publications. 

The Society acts as a forum for all individuals, professional and voluntary, who are custodians of Catholic archival material in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. 

It aims to support its members through publication of professional guidance, advisory leaflets and offering networking opportunities. The Society prides itself on offering training events and research visits which allow the sharing of knowledge and professional support. 

The membership of the Catholic Archives Society is broad in both its background and interests and welcomes new membership at any time – do get in touch. 

*Exciting Online Event Announcement* A free online workshop organised by the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University and the Catholic Archives Society :

Thu, 16 September 2021

14:00 – 16:00 BST

About this event

Living Archives in the Catholic Church

Recording the past, informing the present, inspiring the future

This workshop will explore approaches to preserving the archives of various Catholic bodies. The speakers, archive practitioners from Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and USA, will draw on their own experiences to describe some of the ways in which Catholic archives are being preserved and used at present. They will also raise some possibilities for future developments in terms of care for these archives, as well as explain the essential role of the archivist in this work.

All are welcome – please register on this page :


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome and introduction

14:05 – 14:20 Judith Smeaton (Catholic Archives Society, UK)

14:20 – 14:35 Michael Stansfield, Jonathan Bush, and Tony King (Durham University, UK)

14:35 – 14:50 Erfgoedcentrum Nederlands Kloosterleven (ENK – Heritage Centre for Dutch Monastic Life, Netherlands)

14:50 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:15 Patrick Hayes (Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia, USA)

15:15 – 15:30 Noelle Dowling (Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland)

15:30 – 16:00 Questions and General Discussion