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. 

Job ad: Cataloguing Archivist

The Jesuits in Britain Archives is looking for a Cataloguing Archivist to join them for a fixed term one year contract, preferably starting in September 2018, on a full time (35 hours/week) basis. The main tasks will be cataloguing the collection and making the archives accessible to others. This position would ideally suit those who have recently completed a postgraduate qualification in Archives and Records Management and who wish to gain more experience. For more information and an application pack contact Mary Allen at

Salary: £23,000

Closing date: 6 August 2018

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.

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 –

Closing date: Wednesday 26 September 2018 @ 5pm.

Interview date: Tuesday 9 October 2018.

Job ad: Records Management Assistant

Vacancy: Records Management Assistant, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark
Location: Archdiocesan Finance Office, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark One vacancy: 21 hours per week, fixed term with possibility of extension.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark is looking to recruit a Records Management Assistant to work with the Archdiocesan Archivist in reviewing and processing the Finance Office’s paper records in accordance with their retention schedule. The role will also include developing and implementing some records management guidance and procedures to assist the Finance Office in managing their records.
The ideal candidate will have previous experience of working within a records management service and ideally will have a professional qualification in records management or be working towards one. Experience in implementing new policies and practice in an organisation would be an advantage.
The candidate should also have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent IT skills, and a good understanding of GDPR requirements and of records management principles.
The job will be offered initially on a fixed term contract of 6 months, 21 hours a week.
Salary £12.50 and £15.00 per hour depending on experience. Please email your CV to Sarah Wood ( by Friday 18 May 2018.