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The Living Heritage Project addresses the challenges facing The Bar Convent by
improving  access and visitor facilities, and transforming the presentation of The Bar
Convent’s heritage into  an interactive, inspirational, memorable experience.

It will make The Bar Convent into a place of welcome and hospitality fit for the 21st century: equipped to share its heritage, stories, values and treasures with the widest audience.

The Living Heritage Project will enable The Bar Convent to increase its visitor numbers, build new audiences and sustain it’s work for future generations.

'A hidden gem of tranquility for people of all denominations' (Visitor, April 2012)

Indian Sisters


Those who currently visit The Bar Convent are overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome, and the extraordinary heritage hidden within this ‘little gem in the hustle and bustle of the city’.

Visitors come from across the UK and around the world, as evidenced by entries in the visitors books. In the last 2 years alone, worldwide visitors have come from: Australia; New Zealand, USA, Malaysia, Germany, Borneo, Denmark, China, Brazil, Holland, Tanzania, Thailand, South Africa, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Kenya, India, Mauritius, Austria…and many more.

The Living Heritage Project will create facilities and the capacity to welcome these, and reach out to many more, visitors for years to come, including:

  • Visitors with limited mobility, including older people and the very young
  • Visitors to York who are currently unaware of The Bar Convent, its significant role in
    the history of York and its extraordinary histories
  • Community and Church Groups
  • School Groups and students
  • Ex-pupils and their descendants
  • Those interested in heritage, architecture, or women’s history
  • Those interested in the work of the Community today, in the UK and around the
Will you support The Living
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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