Category Archives: Conferences

Shakespeare and the English Reformation by Lady Clare Asquith

Lady 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 … Continue reading

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St Nicholas Owen: Priest-hole Maker by Tony Reynolds

St 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 … Continue reading

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Bid me come to thee upon the waters: R D Byles, Priest of the Titanic Disaster by Fr S J Hoyle

The son of a Congregational minister from Leeds, Rousell David Byles was influenced by High Church ideas at school and then at Oxford. He began training for Anglican ministry during which time he converted to Catholicism and was subsequently ordained … Continue reading

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The Letters of John Henry Newman – A Portrait – by Mgr Roderick Strange

There are approximately 20,000 extant letters written by Blessed John Henry Newman. These have been gathered together in 32 volumes by the long and painstaking work of members of the Birmingham Oratory. Mgr Strange, theologian and Newman scholar, has recently … Continue reading

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An Overview of Devotion to Our Lady of Glastonbury by Dr Timothy Hopkinson-Ball

Glastonbury is the oldest shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary in England, pre-dating the better-known Marian shrine of Walsingham by many 100s of years. Since the destruction of Glastonbury Abbey at the Reformation, the shrine’s Marian origins have been … Continue reading

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“Priests in Uniform” – military chaplains of the First World War by Dr James Hagerty KSG

Dr James Hagerty gives a detailed talk on the contribution of military chaplains in the First World War.  Roman Catholic chaplains were first commissioned for the British Army after the Crimean War, in 1858.  At the outbreak of WWI therefore … Continue reading

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“He placed himself in the order of signs” – a talk on the poet David Jones by Dr Mary Coghill

David Jones (1895-1974) was an artist and poet who contributed significantly to Catholic war literature. He was present at the front throughout most of the First World War only leaving the front when wounded, and then returning. His experiences marked … Continue reading

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