From time to time, visits have been arranged to Europe to facilitate members’ awareness of the Church’s archives abroad.  The programme of overseas visits began in Rome in 1995, when members visited the then recently established Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and met its then President, Archbishop (later Cardinal) Marchisano.  The cordial relationship established during that visit continued.  The Society was honoured that Cardinal Marchisano agreed to become a Patron and to welcome him to two of its annual conferences.  Cardinal Marchisano passed away in 2014.


The Society was about 15 years old when its first overseas study tour took place. On that occasion, one of the founder members present remarked that she had never expected it would establish itself so firmly that it could be so adventurous as to do this.  That it has now done ten such visits is a tribute to both everyone who has organised them (in some cases more than once) and to the enthusiasm of members to learn about the extensive and rewarding world of archives.