The Bar Convent has a long and proud heritage of supporting education in all its forms.

We warmly welcome all those with an interest in our winding and fascinating history, far beyond the end of compulsory schooling:

  • Undergraduate and post-graduate students
  • Independent researchers and scholars
  • Clubs, special interest groups and societies
  • Churches, religious communities and study groups
  • Local and regional history groups

Our state-of-the-art Exhibition, new for autumn 2015, explores the stories of The Bar Convent through the latest technology and interactive displays. From the turbulent reigns of King Henry VIII and his children, to the destruction and upheaval of the Second World War, follow our history through original artefacts, spectacular audio-visual displays and interactive touch screens. Discover the martyred Margaret Clitheroe and the firebrand nun Mary Ward, whose fiery dedication to women’s lives led her to be imprisoned by the Inquisition.

In addition, our historic Library houses priceless texts dating from as early as 1508. Scholars and groups with an interest in church history, particularly the recusant period, may access this precious resource by special arrangement. You can also consult our Archives, where documents relating to the Congregation of Jesus, The Bar Convent and its 299 years as a school paint a vivid picture of the past.

Guided tours of the Exhibition can be booked with us in advance, and include a visit to our magnificent eighteenth-century secret chapel, its domed ceiling hidden beneath a grey tiled roof.

Group rates are available to larger parties. Why not combine your visit with a leisurely lunch in our Victorian Atrium, or for a memorable trip, round off your day with our special Vintage Afternoon Tea? Take a look at our Group Food Menu.

To check availability and book, please contact Jerry Ibbotson on 01904 464 903.

  • Guided tours and group rates available
  • Researchers, scholars and students welcome
  • Access to historic Library & Archives by arrangement
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