Friday 11th March 2022

Weekly Mass

You are warmly invited to join us for Mass every Friday, held at 12pm in the Bar Convent’s hidden chapel. All are welcome and the cafe will be open for lunch afterwards.

Please note that, on rare occasions, we might need to cancel Mass due to special circumstances (i.e., maintenance of the chapel or a special event). Please call ahead on 01904 643 238 before making a special trip.

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Saturday 2nd April 2022

New Display: The Bar Convent True Cross

From April 2

“Among the many historical treasures of which York is justly proud, the greatest is perhaps the least known.” Yorkshire Evening Press, 1917

To mark Easter, the Bar Convent has revealed a re-display, including new research and previously unseen documentation, of the little-known, but significant sacred object in the collections; The True Cross relic. Encased in a silver gilt cross and an elaborate silver, crystal and bejeweled monstrance-like case c.1867-70, it is a stunning centrepiece in the Bar Convent exhibition.

Recent research into the True Cross uncovered documentation that has never been on public display before, including authentication certificates. Through this documentation, we have been able to piece together further history of the relic, the painstaking research undertaken to have it authenticated, and how the relic was historically exhibited for veneration and contemplation throughout its time at the convent.

See the Bar Convent True Cross on display, alongside a selection of documentation, and discover more about its significance in this new display.

Included in admission to the exhibition. Walk-ins. Please note: The Bar Convent is closed April 15-18. On Monday 11 April there will be a family-friendly storytelling session of the Easter story at 11am. For more information please see the event below.

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Friday 29th April 2022

Baedeker: The 80th Anniversary

April 29- November (date tbc)

April 29th marks the 80th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids of the Second World War- when York was bombed by the Luftwaffe and the Bar Convent was directly hit.

As part of a citywide initiative, a new display uses documents from our archives to explore daily life at the convent and its girls school during the war, including how the convent contributed to the war effort and the events of April 29th when five of the sisters were killed. From fundraising for weapons, becoming Firewatchers and helping evacuees; gain a fascinating insight to life at the convent and the strength, bravery and camaraderie of the women within.

The display includes research by Louise Hyland (University of York) displayed alongside the Bar Convent diary that was found in the rubble after the bombing, and accompanied by reflective poetry written by pupils at All Saints RC School.

Included in admission to the exhibition.  10am-5pm (last admission 4pm).

Family activities will accompany the display for May Half Term (Excluding Sundays and bank holidays).


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Thursday 19th May 2022

Tennants Valuation Day

Our good friends Tennants Auctioneers will be with us on Thursday 19th May for a free valuation day. If you’ve been meaning to find out what your collectables, antiques or jewellery are worth, pop by between 11am and 3pm. A team of valuers will be on hand to chat with you about your items and provide you with a free auction estimate for anything you’d like to sell. The Bar Convent Cafe and Exhibition will also be open.

For further details, please email Tennants directly or call 01423 531661.

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Saturday 28th May 2022

Firewatchers of the Bar Convent

Saturday 28 May- 16 July (Excluding Bank Holiday and Sundays)

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of the Baedeker Raids in York. As part of our new display, Baedeker: 80 Years On, our younger visitors can discover more about the bravery of the sisters and the school pupils during the war.

Did you know that some our sisters were Firewatchers? They had to work through the night and be ready for action at any time.

Firewatchers were given badges to wear, and different styles were made during the war. You can have a go at making your own badge inspired by the Firewatcher badges, or maybe you want to wear a badge for something you have achieved such as being kind, helpful, or doing your homework.

Baedeker: 80 Years On will run until mid November as part of a citywide initiative. Included in admission to the exhibition.

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