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The Cathedral Archives offer a fascinating window on the life and times of the Metropolitan Cathedral, its parish, and the wider community in which we serve. You’re welcome to take a look, by appointment, by contacting our Archivist, Neil Sayer here.

You’ll find our Archives on the mezzanine floor between Cathedral and Crypt – and, within, are housed both Cathedral and Archdiocesan Archives. The latter comprises bishops’ papers from 1840 to 1996. Some papers belonging to our early bishops are lodged at the Lancashire Record Office and consequently holdings are incomplete. There are comprehensive papers for Archbishops Downey, Beck and Worlock. A 30 year rule operates on these papers and as a consequence the Worlock Papers can only be accessed by special permission. The following archives are also available :

  • St Joseph’s Seminary, Upholland: 1883 – Closure 1987
  • Catholic Pictorial newspaper: 1962 – 1996
  • Parish Box Material: All dates

The Library includes bound volumes of all Diocesan Pastoral Letters; Pastoral Letters issued by other Dioceses; a full set of National Directories from 1794 – 2000 and a Newspaper Cuttings Library 1869 – 1975.
The Library also contains:

  • National Media Office Papers
  • National Union of Catholic Mothers Papers from the establishment of the Catholic Women’s League, of which UCM was an offshoot, to 2000.

Early Liverpool Parish registers are lodged at the Liverpool Record Office and Registers for Parishes outside of Liverpool at the Lancashire Record Office. Contemporary registers are held in the appropriate parish.