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: .

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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Benedictine Cultures Conference, Downside Abbey, 27-29 October 2016

Downside Abbey Archives and Library are pleased to invite you to attend their Benedictine Cultures Conference from 27th-29th October.

For full details please see the attached invitation


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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.

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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 AGM & Day Conference, Saturday 22 October 2016


10.30 a.m: Coffee
11.00 a.m: Annual General Meeting
11.45 a.m: Lady Clare Asquith: “Shakespeare and the English Reformation”
1.15 p.m: Buffet lunch
2.30 p.m: Dr Simon Johnson will update us on the latest developments in the Downside Abbey Library and Archives
3.30 p.m (approx): Tea
5.45 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass in St John’s

Charge: £20 (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea)

Click here to download the booking form for this event

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ECHA Newsletter for September 2016

Click here to view our latest newsletter

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Catholic Family History Society Day Conference

Day Conference and AGM Saturday 1 October 2016 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Priory Rooms Conference Centre, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF
Speakers – Maggie Loughran, genealogist; Dr Nick Baker, archivist
Including lunch and refreshments £15


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