April 29th marks the 80th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids of the Second World War- when York was bombed by the Luftwaffe and the Bar Convent was directly hit.
As part of a citywide initiative, a new display uses documents from our archives to explore daily life at the convent and its girls school during the war, including how the convent contributed to the war effort and the events of April 29th when five of the sisters were killed. From fundraising for weapons, becoming Firewatchers and helping evacuees; gain a fascinating insight to life at the convent and the strength, bravery and camaraderie of the women within.
The display includes research by Louise Hyland (University of York) displayed alongside the Bar Convent diary that was found in the rubble after the bombing, and accompanied by reflective poetry written by pupils at All Saints RC School.
Included in admission to the exhibition. Adults: £5, Children: £2, Family: £10. 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm). Family activities will accompany the display for May Half Term (Sat 28 May- Sat 4 June, excluding Sundays).
The Bar Convent Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm with last admissions at 4pm. Closed on Bank Holidays and some dates over Easter and Christmas - please see our website for details.