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The Bar Convent and its resident religious Community has a remarkable history. With nearly
350 years of continuous history on this site, it is a unique and important part of
Yorkshire's social, spiritual, and educational life and heritage.

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.

Bar Convent Chapel

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
Chair of The Bar Convent Trust

Sr Francis Orchard

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Heritage Project?

Every donation is vital and makes a real contribution to the fulfilment of this important project.

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Fundraising Presentation

Exhibition and Hidden Chapel Reopening September 1
26th August 2020
From September 1, our fascinating exhibition, stunning Hidden Chapel, gift shop, café and guest house will all be open.   […]

Fundraising Update: £1.7m raised to date
26th June 2015
As we enter the ‘countdown’ of just 3 months to go until the Living Heritage Project comes to life onsite, […]

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