Archives

In this week's 'From the Archives' blog, we continue our series of guest posts written by our wonderful work experience students from earlier in the summer. This post comes from Alex Blaney, who was with us for two weeks to gain experience of work in an archive. There is perhaps something for everyone in the Jesuits in Britain Archives, and in Alex's post it is clear that there is much to inspire an English Literature student, from deciphering 18th century handwriting to cataloguing letters and...
This month marks the 170th anniversary of the opening of St Beuno’s, a College dedicated to the 7th century Welsh Abbot, confessor, and patron saint for sick children and against diseased cattle. To celebrate this occasion we have taken a look back at the rich history of the former Jesuit College-turned-Retreat centre, found within material in the archive.Completed in October 1848 St Beuno’s was built to relieve the growing numbers of prospective Jesuit priests putting a strain on Stonyhurst...
Black and white group photograph of lay men and women and clergy sat or standing around an Archbishop
During the month of September the Archives closes to visitors and does not deal with remote enquiries (unless it is an urgent matter). This is to allow the whole archive team to concentrate fully on the essential task of cataloguing. The collection that I am priviledged to be cataloguing at present is that of Plater College. Pope Leo XIII issued his encyclical Rerum Novarum or ‘Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor’ in May 1891. It was an open letter addressing the conditions of the...
One of the aims of the Jesuits in Britain Archives is to support individuals who are considering a career in the archive profession by offering experience in the form of volunteer or work experience placements. Interest in these roles has been gradually increasing so that this summer we have already taken on three work experience students. Lizzy was with us for one week in June, and in this blog post talks about her experience.If you are interested in volunteering or carrying out a work...
150 years ago, on 7 September 1868, Gerard Manley Hopkins entered the Society of Jesus at Manresa, Roehampton. Born in Stratford, Essex in 1844, he received his early education at the Cholmeley Grammar School in Highgate. According to his obituary in Letters and Notices, “from earliest childhood he showed a great talent for drawing, and his work was distinguished for its remarkable delicacy… He had a very exquisite voice and took great interest in music. This, with art and literature, became...
Photograph of Stonyhurst College
On 21 August 1834, Fr Marmaduke Stone SJ died at Lowe House, St Helens. Born in Draycott, near Painsley in Staffordshire, in 1748, and entering the Society in 1767, those who have some knowledge of British Jesuit history might realise that Fr Stone would have been witness to a particularly significant, and turbulent, period for British Jesuits and the Society as a whole.Catholic education in England and Wales had been outlawed since Elizabethan times, so, in order to provide an education for...
To date, the Jesuits in Britain Archives have supported two part-time Archives Assistants, with the aim of helping prospective archivists into the profession. We are pleased to say that both were accepted onto Masters programmes for Archives and Records Management, an accredited qualification which is required of individuals working in the profession. Our most recent Archives Assistant, Lucy Vinten Mattich, has been working with us for almost two years, the second of which she has been...
Even the most apathetic will be aware that the World Football Cup has recently been taking place. The 21st tournament, which has been held in Russia, had its final match on Sunday 15 July. In light of the football fever it seemed an appropriate time to share the story of how the Jesuits had a football team stay with them during the 1966 Cup.The inclusion of this photograph of Fr Peter Blake SJ with some footballers in the timeline of the most recent Jesuit and Friends issue reminded me that...
This year, 9 July marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Fr Robert Henry Joseph Steuart SJ. According to his obituary in Letters and Notices, Fr Steuart was born in Reigate, but his ancestry and home-life were Scottish. He was first educated at Fort Angus and hoped to enter the Navy but was prevented due to his recurrent hay fever. Instead, having a talent for mathematics, he entered the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich where he was a military cadet from March 1892 until February 1893....
Portrait of Fr Stephen Perry SJ
The Jesuits and wider Catholic Church have a long history with astronomy. In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the new Gregorian calendar to replace the Julian system which, by that time, had drifted by ten days. The new calendar also altered the lunar cycle used by the Church to calculate the date for Easter, restoring it to the time of the year as originally celebrated by the early Church. The Gregorian calendar was developed by the astronomer Aloysius Lilius and modified by the...

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