Archives volunteers sought

The Methodist Church is looking for two Archives Volunteers to help with the preparation of the Methodist Missionary Society collections before their transfer to a permanent repository.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Physical preparation: removing clips and staples, repackaging documents, organising records within the boxes
  • Weeding: looking for duplicates, removing material according to agreed rules
  • Listing: creating box lists for different categories of records
    Personal qualities required:
  • Interest in history or archives
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy; data inputting
  • Understanding of Data Protection rules
  • Ability to lift boxes and volumes
    Work will be supervised and supported by the two Project Archivists.
    We ask that volunteers commit to one day a week (5 to 6 hours of work, preferably not Wednesdays). The position would suit someone in the London area as it will be based at The Methodist Church House (25 Marylebone Rd, London, NW1 5JR). Transport expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are interested in volunteering in this role, please send a brief statement to boyera@methodistchurch.org.uk explaining why you would like to be involved in the project along with the days you would be able to come in.

Catholic Archives Society ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2020

Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 May 

High Leigh Conference Centre

Lord St., Hoddesdon

EN11 8SG

Tel: 01992 463016

PROGRAMME

Monday 18th May

15.45 Arrivals, tea and registration

17.00 Welcome and overview of the Conference

Session 1: Donna Maguire, Bishops’ Conference of Scotland, ‘The archives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland’

19.00 Evening meal

20.00 Book launch

Tuesday 19th May

8.00   Mass

8.30   Breakfast

9.15   Session 2: Margaret Harcourt Williams, FCJ Archives, ‘Working with the FCJ archives: a case study’

10.15 Coffee/Tea

10.45 Session 3: Dr Hannah Thomas, The Bar Convent, ‘Rediscovering the Archives of the Bar Convent, York’

12.00 Lunch

13.30 Session 4: Interest groups

14.30 Coffee/Tea
          Free time

17.30 Session 5: Annual General Meeting

19.00 Evening Meal

Wednesday 20th May

8.30   Breakfast

9.15   Session 6: Lawrence Gregory, National Institute of Newman Studies Archives, ‘Introduction to utilising Facebook and Twitter to promote your archive service’

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Session 7: Open Forum (including feedback from interest groups)

12.10 Mass

13.00 Lunch (followed by departures)

Cost

Residential £185 (members), £195 (non-members)

Various day delegate rates as per booking form.

Booking

Booking forms and any queries about bookings or accommodation should be addressed to:

Mr Jim Hughes, 12 Holburn Terrace, Ryton, Tyne and Wear, NE40 3DQ

Cheques should be made payable to Catholic Archives Society.  The closing date for bookings is Wednesday 22nd April. If your booking is likely to be delayed, please contact Jim as soon as possible to advise him of this, as bookings will be dealt with in order of receipt.

Refunds

The Society is committed to paying for the rooms we have reserved and so it may not be possible to make refunds if rooms remain unfilled.

Directions

The local Railway station is Broxbourne.
The station is two miles from High Leigh, but there are plenty of taxis available at the station at reasonable rates (typically £6).

Further information

For further information about the conference contact: Karen O’Connor. Tel: 020 79014896. Email: karen.oconnor@cbcew.org.uk

2020 Catholic Archives Society Conference

The 2020 Conference will be held at High Leigh from 18-20 May. Speakers include:

Donna Maguire: ‘The archives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland’

Margaret Harcourt Williams: ‘Working with the FCJ Archives: a case study’

Edel Robinson: ‘Films made and commissioned by missionary institutes in Ireland’

Lawrence Gregory: ‘Using social media for archives’

Further details, including the full programme and booking form, will be issued shortly.

Job ad: Archivist and Records Project Manager

Based in Notting Hill, London.

A committed archivist is required on a part-time basis by mutual agreement to be the Project Archivist for the Sisters of our Lady of Sion, an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious with headquarters located in Central London.

You will possess a recognized qualification in archive administration or equivalent.

You will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and initiative working in a small private general archive. You must have good communication and interpersonal skills for teamwork and a strong experienced base knowledge of IT. 

A basic knowledge of French is required.

You will be producing an inventory of the Records held by the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion.

Hours Part-Time 16 hrs weekly. Salary as ARA directives

Job Description

A knowledge of French is required

To assist in the assembling, cataloguing, preserving and managing the collection of historical information of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion in the UK. To produce a IT inventory of each boxed record as arranged in the Archive Office. This post could be suitable for a new graduate or an experienced person.

To create a Library of  books and artefacts.

This person will be in an assisting position and will liaise with the local and Congregational archivist at all times.

All enquiries to Sr Tessa Hughes nds.

Our Lady of Sion

49 St Peter’s Road

Harborne

Birmingham B17 0AU

Email: tmh4bays@gmail.com

Records Manager and Archivist – Medical Mission Sisters

Records Manager and Archivist Based in Acton, London W3 9LP

A committed records manager and archivist is required on a part-time basis by mutual agreement to work in the General Archives of the Medical Mission Sisters, an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious with headquarters located in West London.

You will possess a recognized qualification in records management and/or archives administration with a minimum of 1-2 years post qualification experience. We welcome applications also from those newly qualified with experience through volunteering and internship. You will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and initiative working in a small private general archive. You must have good communication and interpersonal skills for teamwork and an experience-based knowledge of IT.

You will be responsible for the overall management and administration of the General Archive.

You will liaise in an advisory capacity with the Sisters who are responsible for local archives in other parts of the Society.

The archive chronicles the twentieth century development of the Roman Catholic Church’s provision of professional medical care by women for women and the evolution of its healing mission. You will have a unique opportunity to contribute to this rich international historical archive.

We are reasonably accessible by transport and have a lovely set up.

Part-time – 21 hours

(Salary) £ 28,000 – £ 29,000, pro rata, depending on experience

For a full job description email: Generalate@medicalmissionsisters.org.uk or by telephone 0208 992 6444

Closing Date: October 30, 2019

To apply please send CV with cover letter plus 2 references to Generalate@medicalmissionsisters.org.uk

A charity registered in England and Wales: 1072554

Twentieth-Century Lay Catholic Action and Spirituality in Britain

Call for Contributors

Twentieth-Century Lay Catholic Action and Spirituality in Britain

Maria Power, University of Oxford and Jonathan Bush, Durham University

British Catholic archives hold a wealth of material relating to Catholic lay action and spirituality in the twentieth-century. For instance, Ushaw College Library holds the papers of a number of lay societies, including the Newman Association, the Catholic Social Workers Guild, the Young Christian Students and the National Board of Catholic Women.  There are also many other Catholic archives which  hold similar collections: such as the papers of the Young Christian Workers  in the Salford Diocesan Archive and the Catholic Union collection in the Westminster Diocesan Archives.

Despite this, little academic research has been carried out which allows us to understand the important role played by the lay apostolate. In order to rectify this historiographical gap we propose to produce an edited collection of essays focusing on twentieth-century lay Catholic action and spiritualty through the prism of such groups and how they helped to shape the experience of the ordinary lives of Catholics during this period.

Possible topics could include:

  • The impact of Vatican II on the lay apostolate
  • The role of lay societies in the First World War/Second World War
  • How ‘Catholic’ were Catholic lay societies?
  • How the Catholic lay apostolate responded to the challenges of               secularisation

If you are interested in contributing to this collection please send a 400-word proposal to either Dr Maria Power, maria.power@bfriars.ox.ac.uk  or Dr Jonathan Bush, jonathan.bush@durham.ac.uk by 31st October 2019. Essays will be 8000 words in length and will be due with the editors by 1st January 2021.

CONSERVATION WORKSHOP

Date

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Topic

Water damage: Dealing with water damaged papers after a disaster

Trainer

Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator,

Berkshire Record Office

Place

Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 6AF

Time

2 to 5pm, to be confirmed

Cost

£35 members, £37 non-members

Booking

Please send a cheque made payable to Catholic Archives Society and send to the CAS Treasurer:

Mr Jim Hughes, 12 Holburn Terrace, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 3DQ

Further information Annaig Boyer, annaigboyer@hotmail.com

Archivist and Records Manager – Medical Mission Sisters

Archivist and Records Manager Based in Acton, London W3 9LP

A committed experienced archivist is required on a part-time basis by mutual agreement to be the General Archivist for the Medical Mission Sisters, an international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious with headquarters located in west London.

You will possess a recognized qualification in archive administration or equivalent and a minimum 3 years post qualification experience. You will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation and initiative working in a small private general archive. You must have good communication and interpersonal skills for teamwork and a strong experience based knowledge of IT.

You will be responsible for the overall management and administration of the general Archive.

You will liaise in an advisory capacity with the Sisters who are responsible for local archives in other parts of the Society.

The archive chronicles the twentieth century development of the Roman Catholic Church’s provision of professional medical care by women for women and the evolution of its healing mission. You will have a unique opportunity to contribute to this rich international historical archive.

Part-time – 21 hours

(Salary) £ 27,000 – £ 29,000, pro rata, depending on experience

For a full job description email: Generalate@medicalmissionsisters.org.uk or by telephone 0208 992 6444

Closing Date: 12 July, 2019

To apply please send CV with cover letter plus 2 references to Generalate@medicalmissionsisters.org.uk

A charity registered in England and Wales: 1072554