Library News

Armistice Centenary

On the 11th November 1918 the armistice to end the Great War was signed. A hundred years later, Downside Abbey is remembering both those monks who served as military chaplains and the Old Gregorians of the school who served and gave their lives.  Between 1914 and 1918, 14 Downside monks and a monk of Erdington […]

New Pop Up Exhibition

As part of Downside Archive and Library’s ongoing Heritage projects, we are excited to announce the opening of our latest pop up exhibition! The exhibition examines the many intriguing literary connections that Downside and its monks have had over the years. On display are letters from some famous names in literature including Charles Dickens, Arthur […]

Dedication of the Abbey Church

On 12th September 1935, the biggest Roman Catholic ceremony in the west of England since the Reformation took place here at Downside. The consecration of the Abbey Church took place on this day, with the ceremony being carried out by The Prince Primate of Hungary, Cardinal Seredi. He was assisted by two cardinals, seven archbishops, […]

IMSSS Symposium at Downside 2018

Over 70 delegates from the IMSSS visited Downside Abbey to have a day conference in the abbey church. The Heritage team joined Dom James in exhibiting a collection of relics, manuscripts and vestments in the sacristy for the delegates. A lecture series and workshop took place in the abbey church exploring some of Downside’s rarest […]