Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre

The Sepulchrine Research Associate

The Community are working in partnership with the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University, and both are pleased to announce the award of the newly established Sepulchrine Research Associate-a 21-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Early Modern English Catholicism (1500-1800) to Dr Hannah Thomas.

HTHer PhD (Swansea University, 2014) analysed the C17th Jesuit missionary  library in Hereford and beyond, and its links with the national and international Catholic community. Hannah writes: "I am interested in the role that libraries and book collections played for the post-Reformation Catholic community of England and Wales, as well as the impact and significance of the reading material available within those libraries. Having completed my PhD at Swansea University in October 2014, I am delighted to have been appointed Sepulchrine Research Associate in Early Modern English Catholicism at Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies, and look forward to continuing my research in this fascinating field.

The position was established for an early career scholar with research expertise in early modern English Catholicism to make use of the hitherto almost unexploited archive of the English Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre. 

Hannah will be working with the Community until July 2017, researching the archives and library, as well as the cemetery at New Hall, which has been used by the Community since their arrival in 1799. If you have any questions, please email her on or You can also follow Hannah on Twitter @HannahJane85.