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Who Were The Nuns? Follow the link to find out more information about this project, but read below for details of a free event in Manchester.

The key purpose of the database is to identify those women who entered the English convents from the foundation of the first new house in Brussels in 1598 until 1800. The latter date has been taken to mark the end of the exile period when most of them decided to leave the continent and seek sanctuary in England because of the impact of violence associated with the French revolution and anti-religious legislation.

Find out how you can use the database and other project resources for family and local history in this free event.

When: Saturday 2nd November 2013

Where: Salford Diocesan Archives, at St Augustine’s Church, Grosvenor Square, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BW


  • 10.00 a.m. coffee, 10.30 a.m. first talk
  • Dr Caroline Bowden and Dr James Kelly talking about the project and how it can be used to find North West families
  • Dr Janet Hollinshead, Choosing their future: women in the Blundell family in early modern Lancashire
  • Peter J Tyldesley, The Tyldesleys and their faith in the 17th and 18th centuries

There will be a chance to see the archives at lunchtime with Father David Lannon, the archivist and to try out the database.

There is no cost for the day: refreshments will be available during breaks. Lunch can be purchased locally. All welcome, but please confirm attendance in advance with Dr Caroline Bowden from whom further details can be obtained. c.bowden@qmul.ac.uk

The venue is ten minutes walk from Oxford Road station in Manchester.