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The feast day of St Stanislaus Kostka SJ, patron saint of Jesuit novices, is 13 November.  St Stanislaus was born in 1550, and faced great opposition from his family to his wish to become a Jesuit novice.  He ran away from the family home in Vienna and walked to Rome, via Dilingen in Germany, despite being frail and prone to illness.   Once in Rome he became a Jesuit novice and impressed all with his great holiness and devotion, but lived only 10 months more, dying on 15...
This week’s ‘From the Archives’ blog post has been written by our most recent work experience student, Evangeline Mills. Read on to find out what she did and what she learnt during her week in the archives.In October I carried out a week of work-experience at the Jesuits in Britain Archives. Although I am already familiar with some of the practices carried out by archivists, cataloguers and volunteers alike, due to my own experience researching and volunteering in other Archives, my experience...
Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890) is a significant figure in the religious history of England. His canonisation on 13 October has prompted the Jesuits in Britain Archives  to delve into the collections to see what material is held there relevant to the occasion.Newman’s association with the Jesuits are numerous: he attended St Ignatius’ chapel in Oxford and received Gerard Manley Hopkins, who would posthumously be celebrated as one of the 19th century’s greatest poets, into the...
In May this year, the Jesuits in Britain Archives took delivery of over 200 architectural plans and drawings of the Holy Name Church in Manchester. The project to conserve and digitise these historically important records was part of a wider project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to carry out essential repairs on the Grade 1 listed building. In this blog post, we will explain how this came about and what the work entailed.In 2016, a set of architectural plans were discovered in...
World Animal day is celebrated on the 4th October. Its mission is “to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe”. World Animal Day was chosen to be on the 4th October as it is the day of Saint Francis Assisi, the patron saint of animals, merchants and ecology.In addition to serving as a day to raise awareness of animal welfare it also provides us with an excellent opportunity to showcase a few of our furry friends found amongst collections at the Jesuits...
Earlier in the summer, recent graduate Michael Daniel carried out a two-week work experience placement at the Jesuits in Britain Archives. In this week’s blog post, Michael discusses the tasks that he undertook and what he learnt.My name is Michael, and during the first two weeks of July I worked alongside the archives team at the Jesuits in Britain Archives. I initially spoke with Rebecca (Province archivist) regarding work experience in the summer of 2018, and was pleased to be offered this...
Art class in the College ground gardens [early 20th century]
The closing of the 2018/9 academic year marks the end of the 425th Anniversary Year of Stonyhurst College and its predecessors, and the beginning of its 225th year located in England, both are occasions which the Jesuits in Britain Archives wishes to celebrate.This article hopes to delve deeper into the fascinating history of the College by looking at the journey that led the College to be at Stonyhurst and gives us a chance to exhibit a few Stonyhurst-related items held here in the archives.As...
The cataloguing of ‘The Month’ – a monthly publication owned and operated by the British Province of the Society of Jesus from summer 1865 until its closure in 2001 - has recently been completed, offering an opportunity to look more closely at ‘The Month’, its story and history. The completed catalogue ended up becoming five boxes worth of material spanning from the publication’s Jesuit takeover in 1865 until its unfortunate closure in 2001, the date ranges found within the collection really...
Every year, 31 July marks the feast day of St Ignatius of Loyola. As co-founder and first General of the Society, this is a particularly important feast day for Jesuits in Britain and throughout the world to celebrate. In this blog post, we look at some of the items that celebrate St Ignatius and the early years of the Society in the Jesuits in Britain Archives.Íñigo López de Loyola, as St Ignatius was baptised, was born in Loyola in the Basque Country of Spain, 23 October 1491. The youngest...
Black and white photograph of young boys with a few carrying banners showing religious images in two lines either side of 3 altar servers, two of whom are carrying candlesticks and the third a pole which may be the base of a cross
Back in March 2018 Lorraine Finch, a photograph conservator, gave the archive team some valuable training on identifying different photographic processes and how to care for the different types of photographic material. We were aware that among the various photographic formats held in the Jesuits in Britain Archives there was a collection of glass plate negatives.Before cellulose nitrate film was invented in 1903, photographic emulsions were made on glass supports, more typically known as glass...

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