Archives Directory

We have been adding to the Archives Directory and the following services have provided details recently:

In addition, we have been expanding on the information contained in the archives directory to include details about collecting policies, see for example Jesuits in Britain Archives and Ushaw College.

Would your archive like to be involved in the directory? Please send contact & access information and a description of major collections to: Website Editor

Making sense of a complex collection

The Archives Assistant of the Jesuits in Britain Archives is currently studying alongside her position for a professional qualification in Archives and Records Management. Having the practical experience to complement the theory and principles taught on the course is invaluable, however, as many of the CAS members will know the reality of tasks such as cataloguing are in practice not always as straightforward as the theory would have you believe. She recently wrote about her experience of tackling a particularly complex collection, which you can read here.

Cataloguing Sr Gregory Kirkus’ papers

Recently some students from the Cultural Heritage Management programme at University of York carried out a cataloguing project with the Bar Convent Archives. This involved sorting, listing, cataloguing and boxing the papers of Sr Gregory Kirkus (d. 2007). Sr Gregory will be a familiar name to many members of the CAS – even though most of the collection will be closed for 30 years, members will be glad to know it now exists.

You can read more about this project on the Bar Convent’s blog here.

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

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!