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Online Exhibitions

A series of virtual exhibitions created in-house by the British Jesuit Archives or through Jesuit Collections, an online platform for collaborative projects with Stonyhurst College.

Virtual Timeline

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Visit our virtual timeline of the Jesuits in England, Scotland, and Wales, created for the 400th anniversary of the English Province of the Society of Jesus in January 2023.

Exhibitions

A series of virtual exhibitions created in-house by the British Jesuit Archives or through Jesuit Collections, an online platform for collaborative projects with Stonyhurst College.

Latest exhibitions:

1623 Books

This online exhibition, inspired by the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the English (later British) Jesuit Province, looks at all the books in the British Jesuit Archive's Antiquarian Book Collection which were published in 1623.

The thirteen works encompass anti-Protestant controversial writing, devotional literature, Lives of saints, martyrs and holy men, conversion stories and more.  As objects, these books retain signs of how they have been owned and cared for over the 4 centuries since they were printed.

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Hot Holy Ladies

This exhibition, in collaboration with Stonyhurst College, tells the story of Helena Wintour, who operated at the centre of a recusant network with close ties to Jesuit missionaries. Creating illegal vestments, she was forced to operate in secret under threat of exposure. Although her name was tainted by association with the most notorious attempt at terrorism of the 17th century, the Gunpowder Plot, she persisted in this dangerous, subversive work, and defiantly embroidered her name on the vestments.

Her life story is told here through a documentary, and Stonyhurst College Curator, Dr Jan Graffius, introduces her 6 surviving vestments in a series of short videos.

Past exhibitions:

Title How bleedeth burning love, subtitle British Jesuit Province's Relics of the 40 Martyrs

How Bleedeth Burning Love: British Jesuit Province's Relics of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, this online exhibition examines the faith stories of these remarkable men and women from the 16th and 17th centuries. It is illustrated with images of their relics and other manuscripts and artefacts in the care of the Jesuits in Britain Archives and Stonyhurst College.

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Jesuit Army Chaplains, 1914

At the end of its first year there were 10 Jesuits serving as military chaplains in the First World War. By the end of 1917, the year that saw the US enter the war and the battle of Passchendaele, this number had risen to over 70. This exhibition showcases the profiles of those first 10 Jesuit chaplains.

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