An introductory workshop introducing the Research Group’s research themes and inviting discussion about the group’s work and outcomes.
During the afternoon we will hear from three of the doctoral researchers currently working in this field in Britain and discuss the risks and opportunities associated with curating and conserving Catholic material culture.
Claire Marsland (University of Durham) will share some of the examples of early modern British Catholic material she has discovered in collections, and how to identify them. Esther Rollinson (Manchester) has been researching the role of material culture in the Catholic experience of lifecycles, and how objects can be connected both to the practice of faith and the expression of emotions in the English C18 Catholic community. At National Museums Scotland, Molly Ingham (Edinburgh) is working on religious material culture produced and used in the centuries following the Scottish Protestant Reformation, and its interpretation in museums. The workshop includes news from archives specialist Jonathan Bush of a current project focusing on the future of the archives of religious communities.