2017 subscription reminder

This is a reminder that subs for 2017 are now due. The annual subscription is £20.

Many have set up direct debit or standing order payments for their annual subscription which greatly helps with our administration. Otherwise, cheques should be made payable to Catholic Archives Society and forwarded to the Treasurer: Sister Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay TQ1 4QF, Devon UK.

If you would like to create an automatic electronic annual subscription from your bank to Catholic Archives Society’s bank then please contact Sr Benignus O’Brien for the necessary details. Her email address is benignus.ob@gmail.com

Please advise Treasurer Sister Benignus of payee’s name, date of payment and unique reference if the name of the subscriber is different to the name of the account.

Thank you!


Catholic Record Society conference

The call for papers is now open for the Catholic Record Society’s 60th annual conference, which will take place at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, 24–26 July 2017. The call for papers will close on Friday 21st April 2017. The Society invites proposals on any topic relating to Reformation and post-Reformation Catholic History in the British Isles and welcomes proposals for 20-minute papers.

The Society offers up to five bursaries to postgraduate students to contribute to the cost of attending the conference, the value of which will be equivalent to half the cost of attending the conference (excluding travel costs). Recipients of the bursary are expected to deliver a Short Communication on the subject under study.

Please see http://catholicrecordsociety.co.uk/conference/ for more information.

Bookings for the conference are also open, please note that residential bookings must be made by Monday 24 April 2017.

Catholics in England 1680-1840 database launch

The Catholic Family History Society (CFHS) is planning the launch of a major new electronic database with a paper delivered by Br. Rory G Higgins FSC of Australia at a seminar on Saturday 7 October 2017 in the Conference Rooms, 24 Tufton Street London SW1P 3RB 10am-4pm.

An Index to the Names and Details of over 250,000 Catholics and their Friends in England 1680 – 1840

Rory Higgins has spent many years compiling this work with support from the Catholic Family History Society, his Superiors and others. The database will be a hugely valuable resource for church, social, political, local and family historians, both in England and around the world. On it are men, women and children from all walks of life, including priests and foreigners living in England. Where available there are details of age, of occupation and of location. References guide the user to the many sources which he has trawled, both original and printed, in order to collect the information together into this database. His earlier successful database is the Australian Nuns Index. Individuals and representatives of organisations involved in records and archives, as well as historians of all interests, will find his latest database to be the research tool everyone has been waiting for.

CFHS hopes you will not miss this opportunity to be amongst the first to explore the potential of this new resource. To express your interest and reserve a place contact:  cfhsrecords@gmail.com.

The period 1680-1840 covers the centuries when Catholicism was effectively outlawed. Records of Catholics are scattered in civil record offices, in Catholic and in Anglican Church archives throughout the country. CFHS are pleased to have William D. Shannon, PhD, to speak on his research in in this era under the title:

Using the Records of the Forfeited Estates Commission (1715-1724) at TNA to reconstruct Catholic Lancashire before and after the First Jacobite Rebellion.

Dr Shannon has delved into the fate of the Catholics involved in the 1715 Battle of Preston, not just those executed, imprisoned or exiled, but also those less directly involved.

Philip Gale will arrange a presentation on the development of The National Archives finding aid Discovery, with particular reference to Catholic records.

New book and invitation to book launch

A new book about François Longuet, the French émigré priest who founded the Catholic parishes in Reading has been published. It is François Longuet and the Reading Mission by Lindsay Mullaney. A book launch is being held at St James’ Church, The Forbury, Reading, on Sunday 12 February 2017 at 3pm to which you are warmly invited.The launch party will consist of a short illustrated talk about François Longuet, followed by afternoon tea and a chance to buy the book, which costs £8.00. Offers of additional cake will be gratefully received by Lindsay. RSVP to Lindsay ALMullaney@aol.com

Father Longuet may be considered the founder of all the Catholic parishes in Reading. He was a refugee from religious and political persecution in Revolutionary France at the end of the 18th century, a time when local Catholics were still regarded with great suspicion. After coming to Reading in 1802 he founded the first purpose built Catholic chapel in Reading since the Reformation. Sadly, he was murdered by an unknown attacker, exactly 200 years ago and he is now buried at the foot of the altar.

Details of the book, which can be ordered from Scallop Shell Press or through Lindsay Mullaney, can be found below.The postage will be about £1.00.

Training event 13 March 2017

The Catholic Archives Society is pleased to announce that another training event has been organised for Monday 13 March 2017 at Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre (HARC) 1pm-5pm.

Richard Wade, HARC Archivist, will speak about how to approach sorting, cataloguing and conservation. This will include preliminary sorting and listing, preparing a more detailed catalogue and basic preservation and conservation.

Richard will spend half the session looking at definitions, general principles, why archives are important and what to do when faced with an archive and half the session looking at practical matters such as what to keep and how to catalogue.

Part of the afternoon will be hands on and participants are welcome to bring some of their own material with them.

The cost is £26 to CAS members, £27 to non-members. Please send a cheque payable to the Catholic Archives Society to Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay, TQ1 4QF or contact mm@harcourtwilliams.me.uk for more information and if there is anything particular you would like covered.

HARC is just outside Hereford at Rotherwas, HR2 6LA. There is plenty of parking outside the building and two cafes nearby. There are trains to Hereford from London via Reading and Oxford and from Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester and taxis outside the station.