The purpose of the Commission (founded 2021) is to enhance appreciation and understanding of the history of the Archdiocese in our parishes and communities, to support the Archdiocesan Archivist in building awareness of the archives in the life of the Archdiocese, and to offer resources and guidance to individuals and groups seeking to deepen their understanding of the history of the Archdiocese.

It aims to:

• produce online and printed information, including guides to resources, maintaining a parish archive, and compiling a parish history;
• arrange events in parishes and schools to inform, and to stimulate local projects;
• develop workshops for researchers and parish history groups;
• arrange ongoing formation opportunities for clergy on the history of the Archdiocese, parish archives, and their responsibility for historical records;
• collaborate with schools, institutions and university departments across the Archdiocese.

Enquiries to [email protected]


Professor Judith Champ (Chair)
Naomi Johnson (Archdiocesan Archivist)
Mrs Judith Smeaton
Mrs Margaret Harcourt Williams
Ms Joanna Terry
Fr Simon Baker
Fr Michael Miners
Fr Julian Booth
Deacon Paul O’Connor
Dr Malcolm Dick
Mrs Elaine Joyce
Mr Vincent Burke
Abbot Geoffrey Scott