Archives and Heritage
Walk in the footsteps of Mother Catherine McAuley - through the cloisters, in the chapel and even the very room in which she slept during her stay here at Handsworth, the last Convent she founded before her death.
St Mary's was designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, famous for his gothic revival architecture and for his work in the interior of the Houses of Parliament.
Strong historical connections with local figures such as the Hardman family, Bishop Walsh and the Earl of Shrewsbury and their social involvement in the area make for a very interesting story.
MERCY ARCHIVES AND HISTORY
St Mary's is the central repository for The Archive of the Union of the Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain, and the Congregation's archive service is operated from here. The collections consist of historical records in a variety of formats, primarily dating to the 19th and 20th centuries. The primary function of the Archive service is to preserve the heritage of The Union of the Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain, as the memory of the Congregation .
Access: Researchers in person are admitted by appointment only. The Archive is open Tuesday - Thursday, 9.30 - 16.15. To discuss making an appointment, please contact the Archivist.