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Westminster Diocesan Archives

Catholic Evidence Guild, Westminster


Reference code(s): GB 0122 CEG

Held at: Westminster Diocesan Archives

Title: Catholic Evidence Guild, Westminster

Date(s): 1918-2007

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 17 boxes

Name of creator(s): Catholic Evidence Guild | Westminster


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Westminster chapter of the Catholic Evidence Guild, was commissioned by the Archbishop of Westminster in London, 1918. The purpose of the guild was to prepare the way to conversions to Roman Catholicism by overcoming incorrect impressions about the Church and its teachings. The best known site for its talks was Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park and Tower Hill was another favorite location. Weather permitting, the guild was active twice a week except during the coldest months. Members trained two other nights each week, deepening their knowledge of the subject for their talk, gaining a broad perspective of the main points of Catholic teaching, giving practice talks, and learning how to deal with hostile crowds. The guild in England was primarily composed of dedicated lay people but also included a few priests.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Westminster chapter of the Catholic Evidence Guild, 1918-2007, including minutes of the Inter Guild Conferences, 1928-1986; minutes of the Westminster Catholic Evidence Guild, Oct 1920-Sep 1986; minutes of the practical training committee, 24 May 1929-Jun 1939 and 19 Jul 1941; library records, May 1964-1981; photograph albums and loose photographs; press cuttings, 1925-1926; book: The Catholic Evidence Movement, by Henry Browne, (London, 1921); report of the Westminster meeting, 1918; Birmingham Guild handbook, 1921; Inter Guild conference handbooks, 1924-1972; 'The Guildsman' and 'Guild Newsletter', Jun 1972-2007.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Open for consultation by appointment only between 12:00-5:00, Mondays and Wednesdays. Call: 0207 938 3580 or email: for appointments.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only on the undertaking of a copyright declaration. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Westminster Roman Cathlic Diocesan Trustees.

Finding aids:

Box list available in the Archive's reading room.



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

On permenant loan to the Wesminster Diocesan Archives, 1999.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Catholicism | Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Lay organisations | Laity | Religious groups
Lay preachers | Laity | Religious groups
Preaching | Religious practice | Religious activities
Public speaking | Speech education | Cultural education

Personal names

Corporate names
Catholic Evidence Guild
Roman Catholic Church

Birmingham | Warwickshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe