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The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

IDENTITY

 

 

Name

 

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Identifier

 

GB3280

 

 

 

CONTACT

 

 

Address

 

39 Eccleston Square, London, SW1V 1BX

Telephone

 

0207  630 8220

Fax

 

 

Email

 

karen.oconnor@cbcew.org.uk

Website

 

www.catholicchurch.org.uk

Head of repository

 

Karen O’Connor, Archivist and Records Manager

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

Institutional context

 

The holdings of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference accessible through Catholic Heritage are the archives of the General Secretariat. These contain official publications, Conference Acta, department reports, minutes of meetings, and financial records. Please note that as a private archive the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales imposes a 30 year closure period on its records and therefore whilst an item may be described in the catalogue, physical access may not be granted.

 

Institutional history

 

 

Administrative structure

 

The Bishops' Conference of England and Wales is the permanent assembly of Catholic bishops in these two countries. It is funded by a levy from each diocese.

 

All the Bishops of England and Wales meet twice a year to decide policies for the Church at a national level. Each bishop chairs a committee of experts dealing with a specific area of concern for the Church. Committees are grouped into departments for practical purposes.  Agencies and Offices of the Catholic  Bishops’ Conference are organisations established by and answerable to the Bishops’ Conference and carrying out administrative functions in its name. The General Secretariat based at 39 Eccleston Square, London co-ordinates and supervises the Bishops' Conference administration activities.

 

Collecting policy

 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference archive only contains records generated by its departments and committees and their various members. It will occasionally assume administrative and legal responsibility for the archives of former offices and agencies. It does not actively collect records relating to external organisations.

 

Buildings

 

The archive is housed in 39 Eccleston Square. There are no reading room or public facilities available.

 

Archival and other holdings

 

Pre-1984 archive material consists of papers of meetings of the Hierarchy of England and Wales and official Acta.

 

The archives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales pre-1984 are housed at Westminster Diocesan Archives, whilst the majority of the post 1984 material is housed at Eccleston Square.

 

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ACCESS

 

 

Opening times

 

Any application for access must be made directly to the Archivist either by regular mail or via the main telephone switchboard. The Archivist generally works Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday.

 

Conditions and requirements

 

The archive of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is a private archive and access is at the discretion of the General Secretary, through the Archivist.

 

Disabled access

 

There are 3 steps up to the entrance of Eccleston Square. A ramp is available upon request but there is one further small step.

 

Transport

 

Eccleston Square is a short walk from London Victoria mainline and underground stations (District, Circle and Victoria Lines). It is also conveniently located for bus routes 2, 11, 24, 44, 148, 170, 211, 360, C1, C10.

 

 

 

 

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Date of creation

 

19 December 2016