The Bar Convent in York, the oldest living convent in England, is launching a new drive to attract Catholic groups to pay it a visit.

  The house was founded in 1686 as a Catholic school for girls.  It is still home to members of the Congregation of Jesus.  The convent has housed a guest house, museum, café and conference rooms since the school closed in 1985, but two years ago it relaunched as a Living Heritage Centre.  The museum was replaced with a brand new interactive exhibition and the whole site was given a much needed boost.

  “We’ve had a real upsurge in visitors since we re-opened,” said Audience Development and Education Manager, Jerry Ibbotson, “but what we really want is to welcome more Catholic Groups.  They appreciate the history of the Bar Convent and have a real connection to the place.

  “We need their support, basically.  By visiting us, they’ll help ensure the Bar Convent continues to thrive for years to come.”

The Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ

Tel: 01904 643 238, http://www.bar-convent.org.uk/