Southwark Diocesan Archive

southwark-diocesan-archives-logoThe Southwark Diocesan Archive holds the episcopal and administrative records of the Archdiocese of Southwark from its foundation in 1850 and aims to collect, preserve and make available these records and to support the work of the Diocese.

Collections held

The Archive contains a wealth of material from the establishment of the Diocese to the present day. The records include the papers of the bishops/ archbishops; material relating to finance, property and education; chancery records; files on religious houses and seminaries; parish files; deanery records; information on Southwark clergy; and records on St George’s Cathedral. There is also a small collection of early printed books, predominantly works of theology and church history, and complete series of Southwark Diocese publications such as The Southwark Record and the Southwark Catholic Directory.


The Archives is currently undertaking a major project to list and catalogue its collections. At the moment box lists exist for all of the collections. Once completed, the catalogue will be made available online.

Researchers are most welcome to use the archive; however, please note that visits are by prior arrangement only. All readers must register and complete an Archive User Agreement form before being granted access to the archive material. In order to do this, you must bring two forms of identification on your first visit.

Opening hours: 8.30-1.00 and 2.00-5.00 Mondays and Tuesdays (except bank holidays).


Diocesan Archivist: Jenny Delves (working days: Monday-Tuesdays)
Phone: 020 7928 5592
Address: RC Archdiocese of Southwark, 150 St George’s Rd, London, SE1 6 HX


Further reading

‘Southwark Diocesan Archives’ by M Clifton in Catholic Archives No 4 pp 15-24