The Bar Convent and its resident religious Community has a remarkable history. With nearly
Founded by inspirational pioneer Mary Ward, The Bar Convent is England's oldest living convent, uniquely still home to a resident active religious Community. We welcome around 48,000 visitors annually to our various activities and events, including the Museum, the Chapel, guest accommodation, meeting rooms, community hub, café and gift shop.Our spiritual, educational and social ministry work includes ground-breaking projects with girls and women around the world.
The Bar Convent Trustees' vision is to contribute to society in the 21st century by offering a place of education, hospitality, and inspiration for people of all faiths and none.
In order to do this, and thereby secure The Bar Convent's future, the Living Heritage Project will transform public areas and displays to become more accessible to meet the needs and expectations of the widest range of visitors, and attract and inspire new generations of users, while retaining the character of this historic building.
It will make The Bar Convent into a place of welcome and hospitality fit for the 21st century: equipped to share our heritage, stories, values and treasures with the widest audience. We very much hope you will join us and support the Living Heritage Project by making a donation.
Thank you for your support.
Sister Frances Orchard, CJ
Exhibition and Hidden Chapel Reopening September 1
Fundraising Update: £1.7m raised to date