Catholic Archives Society Conference


Exciting news from our friends at the Catholic Archives Society: details of their annual conference in May are now available.

Follow the link for more information.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled for details of our own conference in July, details of which will appear soon!…

Franciscan Conference in Durham


Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies, in partnership with the Capuchin Franciscans of Great Britain, has announced a Call for Papers for a forthcoming international conference.

Secrecy and Sanctity


The Bar Convent at York is hosting a day-symposium on 26 April to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the convent chapel. Many congratulations to our friends the sisters on this milestone anniversary! The CRS is heading to York for its own conference in July this year: see “Conference 2019″ on the homepage.

Secrecy and Sanctity

Sink or Swim?


Below, L-R: The Secretary, Dr Alana Harris, Isabel Ryan, and the Membership Secretary at the launch of
“Sink or Swim – Catholicism in Sixties Britain through John Ryan’s cartoons” at King’s College, London, recently.
Dr Harris, one of the co-curators, is a member of the CRS, and has addressed the Society on a number of occasions.
The exhibition runs in KCL’s Maughan Library until 13 April, an…

The 2019 Catholic Record Society Conference


The 2019 CRS conference will take place at the Bar Convent, York, from 8th to 10th July. The Bar Convent is, of course, one of the most significant historic Catholic buildings in England, and has a newly developed exhibition and conference facility. It has the added advantage of being centrally located for exploring the city of York, and is within a few yards of the mainline railway station. With this in mind, we are using a more flexible …

Catholic History Day, Bar Convent, York

Annual Catholic History Day to be held at the Bar Convent, York, 2nd June 2018:


Rev Dr Peter Phillips – The Recusant Clergy, 1559-1829

Dr Elizabeth Biggs – Cuthbert Tunstall’s books: A Recusant Response to the Reformation

Robert Finnigan – Catholic Remembrance after 1918: Examples from the Diocese of Leeds 

Cost £15 including morning and afternoon refreshments, students half pric…

New issue online

The latest issue of British Catholic History is now online, and it is a spectacular one! Find it here. It is wonderful that this is such a stellar issue to waive out our editor, Anne Dillon, who with this one saw her last issue of BCH through the press, as she has handed over the editorial role to Katy Gibbons. We are very grateful to Anne for the brilliant work she has done over the years, first with Recusant History, then with the titanic …

Ushaw/Douai 450th Anniversary Conference

450 Years Pioneering Catholic Education: Past, Present, Future
30 April – 1 May 2018 at Ushaw College, Durham UK

Prof Eamon Duffy: “To Doe Our Countrie Good”: Douai, Rome, and the Tridentine Seminary
HE Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and Bishop Paul Tighe: Universities as Places of Encounter between Faith and Culture (Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture)
Prof Michael Questier: The Foundation of the English College at …

English Catholic Nuns in Exile

This book arises out of a major AHRC-funded research project, Who Were the Nuns? A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800, hosted online since 2012 at Queen Mary University of London, Led by Dr Caroline Bowden, this was the first systematic inquiry into the composition of over twenty convents in exile established mainly in Northern France and the Southern Netherlands between …

CFP urbanisation of Catholic communities

CFP volume of essays examining the urbanisation of Catholic communities in England in the generation after the Relief Acts of 1778 and 1791. (18 George III c. 60 and 31 George III. c. 32.) 


The great majority of this post-Relief generation of lay Catholics lived by profit made in trade and manufacture, or in the provision of professional services. The number of the Catholic gentry was declining to a few hundred, and old missi…