Living Archives in the Catholic Church

Recording the past, informing the present, inspiring the future

2pm-4pm BST (UK time) on Thursday 16 September 2021


This free online workshop, organised by the CCS and the Catholic Archives Society, will explore approaches to preserving the archives of various Catholic bodies. The speakers—archive practitioners from Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the USA—will draw on their own experiences to describe some of the ways in which Catholic archives are being preserved and used at present. They will also raise some possibilities for future developments in terms of care for these archives, as well as explain the essential role of the archivist in this work.


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome and introduction

14:05 – 14:20 Judith Smeaton (Catholic Archives Society, UK)

14:20 – 14:35 Michael Stansfield, Jonathan Bush, and Tony King (Durham University, UK)

14:35 – 14:50 Erfgoedcentrum Nederlands Kloosterleven (ENK – Heritage Centre for Dutch Monastic Life, Netherlands)

14:50 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:15 Patrick Hayes (Redemptorist Archives, Philadelphia, USA)

15:15 – 15:30 Noelle Dowling (Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland)

15:30 – 16:00 Questions and General Discussion

All are welcome. If you would like to attend and haven’t already registered, you can still do so at the following link.