About Southwark Diocesan Archive
The Diocesan Archive is located in Archbishop’s House, Southwark, next
door to St George’s Cathedral. The Archive holds the episcopal and
administrative records of the RC Archdiocese of Southwark from the
foundation of the Diocese in 1850.
The Archive contains a wealth of material from the establishment of the
Diocese to the present day. The records include the papers of
the bishops/ archbishops; material relating to finance, property and
education; chancery records; files on religious houses
and seminaries; parish files; deanery records; information on Southwark
clergy; and records on St George’s Cathedral. There is also a small
collection of early printed books, predominantly works of theology and
church history, and complete series of Southwark Diocese publications
such as The Southwark
Southwark Catholic Directory
The Southwark Diocesan Archives is currently undertaking a major
project to list and catalogue its collections. At the moment box lists
exist for all of the collections. Once completed, the
catalogue will be made available via this
Parish registers (baptismal and marriage) are
held by the local parish churches and not
Archives. Please contact the relevant parishes for enquiries
(contact details for parishes can be found on the 'Southwark Parish
Directory' section of this
For information on the registers of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church
of St George's, please email
(these registers are looked
after by a volunteer and responses may take some time).
Researchers are most welcome to use the archive;
however, please note that visits are by prior arrangement
only. All readers must
register and complete an Archive User Agreement form before being
granted access to the archive material. In order to do this, you must
forms of identification on your first visit.
8.30-1.00 and 2.00-5.00 Mondays and Tuesdays (except bank holidays).
note that from Monday 20 March 2017 the opening hours for the archive
will be changing to 9.00-1.00 Mondays and 8.30-5.00 Wednesdays.
Downloadable copies of the Archive User Agreement form:
User Agreement form (PDF)
User Agreement form (Word (97 doc))
While the archivist is happy to respond to simple enquiries, it is not
possible for us to undertake detailed research on your behalf. In these
incidences, enquirers are invited to visit the archive or to make their
own arrangements to carry out the research. Please allow five working
days for a response to emails.