Tuesday 26th February 2019

Tennants Valuation Day

Bring your antiques, jewellery and general collectables to be valued at The Bar Convent on Tuesday 26th February 2019. Tennants Auctioneers will be with us from 11am-3pm, and the café is open as usual for hot drinks, snacks and lunches.

For more details, please contact Tennants Harrogate Office on 01423 531 661 or send an email.


Friday 26th April 2019

Secrecy and Sanctity: 250 Years of the Chapel

We’re pleased to announce a special one-day symposium will be held on Friday 26th April 2019 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of The Bar Convent’s historic hidden chapel, first opened in 1769. Four fascinating aspects of the chapel’s history will be explored by:

Professor Bill Sheils
The Community’s Chapel in the Community:
the Bar Convent and the people of York and beyond

Dr. Jan Graffius
‘Neat & Rich’: Vestments, Relics and Silver from the
Bar Convent and the wider English Recusant Community

Professor Maurice Whitehead
Opening a Convent Chapel in Troubled Times:
the Conclave of 1769 and its International Repercussions

Professor Deirdre Raftery
Writing Women Religious into History: Mary Ward’s Irish
Daughters, from M. Teresa Ball to M. Michael Corcoran

This event costs £25 including refreshments, lunch and entrance to the exhibition. Bookings can be made by calling The Bar Convent on 01904 643 238. Please ring early to avoid disappointment, as booking closes on Friday 8th March 2019.

For further details, email Dr Hannah Thomas at hthomas@bar-convent.org.uk.

Bar Convent Hidden Chapel

Saturday 27th April 2019


Please note that The Bar Convent will be closed to visitors on Saturday 27th April 2019 due to a special event, including the Cafe, Exhibition and Gift Shop. We will reopen again as usual on Monday 29th April.