Piranesi exhibition

Mary McHugh, Archivist for the Archdiocese of Glasgow, has contributed a blog post to the Catholic Heritage website on the Piranesi exhibition at Blairs Museum, which may be of interest. It emphasises the range and breadth of Catholic Heritage, and focuses on a museum this time. It also highlights what can be achieved by working jointly with a diocese. The post can be read by clicking here.

GDPR Training



Tuesday 2nd October 2018


Susan Healy, former Information Policy Consultant and Data Protection Officer, The National Archives: GDPR and Archives

Father Kristian Paver, Diocese of Plymouth: Archives: their Canonical Context and the Impact of GDPR.


The Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS


10.45 to 4.30 (approx.)

(10.15 arrival for tea/coffee)


£40 members, £45 non-members

Lunch included


Please send a cheque made out to Catholic Archives Society to the treasurer, Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay TQ1 4QF

Further information

Margaret Harcourt Williams, mm@harcourtwilliams.me.uk


Job ad: Archivist


ARCHIVIST (3 year fixed term contract)

Salary: £27,000-£30,000

Required from: November 2018

The Society, a congregation of Roman Catholic sisters, is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced archivist to manage, organise and promote all aspects of the Society’s active archive in Oxford which contains holdings from the 19th century to the present day.

Applicants will hold a first degree in a relevant subject and a post graduate qualification in archives and records management. Archival skills and excellent communication and IT skills are essential.

Further details are available from Judith Lancaster – jlancaster@shcj.org

Closing date: Wednesday 26 September 2018 @ 5pm.

Interview date: Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Catholic Archives 38

The newest issue of Catholic Archives is now available.

Contents of Catholic Archives 38: 2018

  • Justine Rainbow, The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse: learn how to stop worrying and to love your information
  • Susan Healy, Data protection and religious archives
  • Jim Ranahan, Perspectives on archives for pastoral work
  • Maurice Whitehead, The pastoral functions of archives: some thoughts and reflections from the Archivum Venerabilis Collegii Anglorum de Urbe (AVCAU)
  • Hannah Thomas, Reintroducing the Bar Convent: a new phase in the life of the special collections
  • Carmen Mangion, Re-reading the archives: women in religious archives
  • Marie Rowlands, Independence and obedience: three Catholic women teachers 1820-1850
  • Jim Hughes, Francis Thompson (1859-1907): Part I

Members should now have received their copy of Catholic Archives 38. Non-members can purchase a copy here.

Conference on archive storage climates

NCS is very pleased to announce the first of four planned conferences called ‘Passive Aggressive?’ – Changing the Climate in Archival and Museum Storage.
We are delighted that The National Archives and the Museums Archives & Libraries Division of the Welsh Government have offered to partner with us to provide these free conferences, one at TNA Kew and the other at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.  The first at Kew will be on the 9th of July from 10:30 until 16:30, the second at NLW on the 13th of July with a similar time programme.
The conference will aim to present and discuss the manner in which the new British and European standards for heritage conservation urge institutions to move away from air-conditioned storage and display and towards sustainable, low energy passive means of managing internal climates.  We will hear about the standards themselves, a comparison of passive methods and air conditioned systems and why passive control can be a viable alternative in existing buildings as well as in new designs.  There will be a series of case studies from archivists, museum custodians, conservators, architects and engineers who have been involved in switching off air conditioning in existing buildings and the results and progress they made, refurbishments that introduce passive approaches, and new building designs that seek to change the way we plan the long term care of collections with lower energy use.  A sector panel will give us the chance to hear from representatives of policy-making and influencing organsations such as Archives Accreditation managers, Heritage Lottery Fund, MALD, DDCMS and others, to be confirmed, addressing how their organisations use standards to evaluate the success of institutions as these new standards begin to take root.  A detailed programme will be sent out as soon as it is complete.
There is no charge for delegates to attend.  If you would like to come, please contact us as follows:
For the Kew conference:
email Lisa at accreditation@ncs.org.uk, providing your name and institution/organisation.
For the NLW conference:
email Seaneen at maldworkforce@gov.wales and provide your name, organisation, address and telephone number.  A similar, bilingual announcement will go out soon on the Archives-Wales bulletin.
Two further events are planned: one at the National Gallery of Ireland and one at a venue to be confirmed in Scotland, both intended for the Autumn.  Announcements about these will be sent out as soon as possible.

Digitisation workshop

The next Genus Digitisation Workshop is now open for registration for 14thJune 2018.

Workshops are free to attend for those working in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums sectors, including trainees & volunteers.

This workshop will include a presentation on The Adamson Collection by Richard Everett from The Wellcome Collection. Richard is the Head of Photography & Imaging Manager – Digital Engagement, Culture & Society. He will discuss not only the technical issues with digitising this unique collection, but the whole approach to capturing the story behind this collection digitally.

You can find out more on the registration page.