Juvenilia

The wintry months of December and January are synonymous with one sport in particular: ice-skating. Though our mild winters generally no longer allow us to enjoy gliding over frozen ponds, canals and lakes, our predecessors certainly could, and took full advantage. These days you will struggle to make it through the winter months without encountering an ice rink, and you may even look forward to slipping and sliding across the ice!The earliest form of ice-skating first developed roughly three...
It is that joyful time of year once again, and here at the Jesuits in Britain Archives we are feeling particularly festive. We have decided to usher in the Christmas season by showing off a few of our festive favourites, found within the archives.For the first item on our list we turn once more to the Blandyke Papers created by philosophy students, who each year produced a special Christmas edition. In particular, we have chosen a Christmas poem written by Fr Henry Meyer SJ in 1889, which...
Pencil sketch of a woman playing a lyre under banner 'Resurrexit'
It has been some time since the archives have turned to the wonderful resource that is the Blandyke Papers for a blog post. These mostly manuscript volumes, were the journal founded by the philosophers at St Mary’s Hall, Stonyhurst, and cover a vast array of topics.In searching for material relating to the celebration of Easter two short paragraphs appearing in the Blandyke Papers in May 1892 and April 1893 respectively were particularly intriguing. The earlier report by an unknown author began...