Representations of Popery in British History workshop

Workshop 3: Anti-Catholicism in British History, c.1520-1900

April 10-11 2019 

Newcastle University, Armstrong Building Room 1.48

April 10:

9.00-10.00: Welcome and Update – Adam Morton (Newcastle)

10.00-10.30: Tea & Coffee

10.30-12.30: Roundtable 1: Working with Representations

– Susan Griffin (Louisville), Adrian Streete (Glasgow), David Manning (Leicester), Thomas Freeman (Essex)

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.30: Panel 1: Anti-Popery & Memory

– Ceri Law (Cambridge), Muirrean Mccann (European Research Institute), Annaleigh Margey (Dundalk Institute of Technology), Aidan Norrie (Institution)

15.30-16.00: Tea & Coffee

16.00-17.30: Roundtable 2: Popish Protestants

– Anthony Milton (Sheffield), Richard Allen (Newcastle), Clare Loughlin (Edinburgh), Hayley Ross (Oxford)

April 11:

9.00-10.30: Roundtable 3: Popery & Reason


– Adam Richter (Toronto), Kristof Smeyers (Antwerp), Karie Schultz (Queens University Belfast)

10.30-11.00: Tea & Coffee

11.00-12.30: Panel 2: Material Culture

– Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge), Carly Hegenbarth (Birmingham), Clare Haynes (UEA)

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-15.30: Panel 3: Spain, Empire, and Antichrist

– Emma Turnbull (Oxford), Jeremy Fradkin (John Hopkins), Sara Bradley (Nottingham Trent), Alan Ford (Nottingham)

15.30-15.45: Tea & Coffee

15.45-16.30: Open Session: Stereotypes, Memory, and Representations

For further information contact Dr Adam Morton

CAS Conservation Workshop


Thursday 28th March 2019


Water damage: Dealing with water damaged papers after a disaster


Sue Hourigan, Senior Conservator,

Berkshire Record Office


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


2 to 5pm, to be confirmed


£35 members, £37 non-members


Please send a cheque made payable to Catholic Archives Society to the treasurer, Mr Jim Hughes, 12 Holburn Terrace, Ryton, Tyne and Wear NE40 3DQ

Further information

Annaig Boyer,

Bar Convent Symposium

The Bar Convent York is delighted to announce a special one-day symposium to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the convent chapel, first opened on 27th April 1769. Four papers will present different aspects of the chapel’s history at the Bar Convent on Friday 26th April 2019, including Professor Bill Sheils (York), Dr Jan Graffius (Stonyhurst), Professor Maurice Whitehead (Venerable English College) and Professor Deirdre Raftery (UCD).

Secrecy and Sanctity: 250 Years of the Bar Convent Chapel
Friday 26th April 2019, 10am‒4.30pm

The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York
Professor Bill Sheils: The Community’s Chapel in the Community: the Bar Convent and the people of York and beyond

Dr. Jan Graffius:‘Neat & Rich’: Vestments, Relics and Silver from the Bar Convent and the wider English Recusant Community

Professor Maurice Whitehead: Opening a Convent Chapel in Troubled Times: the Conclave of 1769 and its International Repercussions

Professor Deirdre Raftery: Writing Women Religious into History: Mary Ward’s Irish Daughters, from M. Teresa Ball to M. Michael Corcoran

Booking closes on 8th March 2019.

The day will cost £25pp, including refreshments, lunch and exhibition entrance – book your place by calling 01904 643238. 

CAS Visit August 2019

Visit to Dublin, 12th – 17th August 2019

There are plans for a CAS visit to archives in Dublin and Co. Kildare in August 2019.  The visit will begin in the afternoon of 12th August and end in the late afternoon of Friday 16th August.

The programme is not yet finalised but is likely to include visits to the Dublin Diocesan Archives, the Dominican Archives Cabra, the Irish National Archives, the Irish Architectural Archive, the Dublin Military Archive, the Chester Beatty Library, Clongowes Wood College and Maynooth. 

Accommodation will be bed and breakfast at Maynooth College, Co. Kildare. Participants must make their own travel and insurance arrangements.  The visit will begin and end at Maynooth.

The cost should be no more than £380.  This will cover accommodation, coach hire and administrative costs but not lunch and evening meals. 

If you would like to come, please send a deposit of £60 as a cheque payable to the Catholic Archives Society to Sr Benignus O’Brien, Langdale House, 42 Petitor Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 4QF.  This will be returned minus a small administrative charge if the visit does not go ahead.

If you would like further details, to see the draft programme or to express your interest, please contact:

Paul Shaw, 020 8568 7305,

Job ad: Archives & Heritage Centre Co-ordinator

Institute of Our Lady of Mercy requires an Archives and Heritage Centre Co-Ordinator

  • Based at the Convent of Mercy, Bermondsey, London, SE1
  • Salary approx.   £23,600 (28 hrs) – £29,500 (35 hrs) (£16.20 per hour)
  • Initial 2-year contract, 28 – 35 hours per week.

An opportunity has arisen for an Archives and Heritage Centre Co-Ordinator at the Archives of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy.

You will possess an honours degree appropriate to the subject, a post-graduate qualification in archive administration and have at least two years’ experience.  As well as your knowledge of archives, records and information management including computer-based systems, you will have sound communication skills and be willing to learn about and work according to the spirit and values of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy.  You will also be responsible for the Heritage Centre on the same site.

Other benefits include a total of 35 days annual leave inclusive of Bank Holidays and admission to the Institute Pension Scheme.

A full information pack and application form is available from:

Mrs Tracey Rogers-Thomas,

Institute of Our Lady of Mercy,

Cemetery Road,



LS19 7UR

Or email

Application forms to be returned by 13th Feb 2019

Interview date: 26th Feb 2019 in Bermondsey

Job ad: Archivist and Records Manager

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 experienced base 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: or by telephone 0208 992 6444

Closing Date: February 28, 2019

To apply please send CV with cover letter plus 2 references to