Archivist

In this blog post we reflect on some key figures that helped shape the Province Archives over the course of the 20th century. On reading the obituaries of these individuals, it became clear that those tasked with the challenge of overseeing the Archives were scholars and historians; their interest in the topic and skill with primary material making them ideal candidates for the job. Often in these obituaries, their role as Archivist as opposed to their contributions to history is over-shadowed...
William Strickland SJ
Throughout 2014, the Society of Jesus worldwide has been celebrating the 200th anniversary of its restoration by Pope Pius VII. As the year comes to a close, Emeritus Archivist Tom McCoog SJ recalls the contribution of two English Jesuits: Marmaduke Stone SJ and William Strickland SJ.When Pope Clement XIV dissolved the Society of Jesus in 1773, the members of the now suppressed English Province were not exactly left like sheep without a shepherd. Those who lectured at the English Academy in...
Fr Charles Plater SJ with Jimmy
Whilst sorting through the acquired archive of Plater College (formerly Catholic Workers College) we discovered several records relating Jimmy - the "Jesuit" dog. These include a poem written by Fr Charles Plater SJ (1875-1921) to honour Jimmy, whose dog he was, as well as several photo postcards featuring Jimmy. There also is a glass plate negative, and another photograph showing Jimmy pulling Fr Plater in a wheelchair. Digging a bit deeper, we found more about Jimmy among the...
I am the Province Archivist and thus I am responsible for caring for the archival documents as well as a collection of antiquarian books and some historical artefacts belonging to the Jesuits in Britain. As archivist, I ensure that archival records are collected, catalogued, preserved and where necessary I arrange for conservation work to be done to repair and restore items identified as needing this. In addition, I provide a professional service by responding to enquiries and by making...