The English Catholic History Association encourages interest in the Catholic history of England and Wales. We organise visits to places associated with the Catholic faith, and arrange conferences on subjects relating to our Catholic history. We also support research into subjects of Catholic interest and seek to prevent the destruction of Catholic archives. We have our own archive library.
The Association developed from the English Catholic History Group that was formed in 1991. At the ECHG Annual General Meeting in 1997 a new constitution was proposed prior to an application for charitable status. This was granted in 1998 and the new name of ‘English Catholic History Association’ was adopted.
A programme of visits and conferences is organised throughout the year, often in conjunction with regional Catholic History Societies. These normally take the form of day events, but include occasional trips of 2/3 days and a 4 day conference on a subject of Catholic interest takes place every 2 years. We publish a newsletter four times per year which is distributed to all members.
The Patrons of the Association are Dom Geoffrey Scott OSB, Abbot of Douai, and Lord Clifford of Chudleigh.
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The image above is a copy of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by Daphne Pollen, commissioned by Fr Philip Caraman SJ to promote the cause of their canonisation. The original watercolour is in the custody of Stonyhurst College and we are extremely grateful to them for permitting us to use it on our website.