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Bar Convent Trust
Registered Charity 294320
17 Blossom Street, York,
North Yorkshire, YO24 1AQ

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We have exciting plans for development of the Museum into a state-of-the-art exhibition for the 21st century. 
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Our fascinating Museum begins with displays of the Tudor period of persecution with reference to many local families, including the martyr Margaret Clitherow, and the later Gunpowder Plotter Guy Fawkes.  It continues with the history of the Bar Convent itself.  A central exhibit is the story of Mary Ward, the remarkable founder of the first unenclosed religious order of women, now known as the Congregation of Jesus and the IBVM Loreto, who pioneered women’s education in Europe and struggled to obtain greater freedom for the order to carry out apostolic work.

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The Bar Convent Library specialises in Church History, with a focus on the history of the recusancy period in England and the 19th century Catholic revival. There is also an important collection of about 1,300 antique books dating from 1508 to 1850.  The Bar Convent Archives house the records of the Bar Convent’s 300 year history, with earlier Mary Ward documents.

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