Downside Library & Archives by Dr Simon Johnson

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2Dr Simon Johnson is Director of Heritage at Downside Abbey, a Benedictine Abbey and school in Somerset, England. Established in the 19th century, Downside is home to one of the best collections of religious manuscripts in the world. A recent Heritage Lottery Fund grant has enabled the library and archives to be modernised. Dr Simon brings us up to date with many interesting insights into the work that has been involved, and gives an outline of future hopes and plans.

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    46 minutes

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Shakespeare and the English Reformation by Lady Clare Asquith

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2Lady Clare Asquith published her acclaimed book ‘Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare’ in 2005, a study of how Shakespeare secretly addressed the most profound political issues of his day, and how his plays embody a hidden history of England. In this fascinating talk she leads us into this hidden world. With precision and scholarship supported by examples from the texts, we begin to understand something of the terror and sadness in which our Elizabethan forebears lived, a world in which drama was one of the very few mediums which gave the possibility of an outward expression of an interior faith, if one knew how to listen.

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    62 minutes

 

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North West Catholic History Society journals now digitised

The North West Catholic History Society has digitised all the volumes of its annual journal dating back to 1969. These are now available to members of the Society for viewing and downloading on the society’s new web site:

http://www.nwcatholichistory.org.uk .

Also available are digitised copies of other publications such as “Arundel to Zabi” – a Biographical Dictionary of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales (Deceased) 1623-2000 by Brian Plumb.

Sample issues of the Journal and other publications are available for free on the web site.

Membership of the Society giving access to all the digitised publications costs £15 per annum.

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The Stained-Glass of Margaret Agnes Rope, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Saturday 24 September 2016, 2pm

Dr Claire Fitzgerald of Warwick University will be giving this free lecture – inside Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral – in front of the huge stained-glass windows by Margaret Rope that can be found there. The talk is in the afternoon, to ensure the windows can be seen in full light – and all are welcome!

The talk takes place on Saturday 24th September, at 2pm.

Dr Fitzgerald is particularly knowledgeable about the craft techniques used by Margaret Rope; such techniques were important in giving her glass the range of rich colours and the dazzling effect that so characterised this ‘Arts & Crafts Movement’ style.

There will also be a profile of Margaret Rope’s place in the history of stained glass, and a discussion of Margaret Rope’s religious life-journey from convert to Catholicism to entering a convent and how that made its way into her designs.

The talk is one of the activities complementing the Margaret Rope ‘Untold Story’ Exhibtion at the Shrewsbury Art Gallery.
Link: https://margaretrope.wordpress.com/the-exhibition/

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London Catholic History Walks – Autumn 2016 with Joanna Bogle

Joanna Bogle leads these excellent walks which give a great introduction to aspects of the Catholic history of London.

Go to this link for details of the walks planned for this Autumn

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ECHA Newsletter for September 2016

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St Nicholas Owen: Priest-hole Maker by Tony Reynolds

ECHA Podcast Artwork v2St Nicholas Owen was arguably one of the most fearless and courageous of the Catholic martyrs of the Reformation. He learnt joinery as a trade and put his skills to use in fashioning the most ingenious priest-holes in England during penal times. Finally he was caught and tortured, giving nothing away to his tormentors. He died under torture. Canonised as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales his story makes fascinating and harrowing reading. How many of us would be prepared to follow the Lord to the Cross in the way he did? Tony Reynolds is the author of a new biography of the saint, published by Gracewing.

Click on the arrow to listen to this talk or go to the image above to find the talk in our free iTunes podcast    46 minutes

 

 

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