Work to date
The years 2015 to 2018 have witnessed a full-time project to begin the process of conserving, cataloguing and digitizing the VEC Archives.
The project has prepared the way for a new phase in the life of the Archives, making available to historians a rich resource for scholarly research.
The VEC Archives have never enjoyed the benefit of an associated reference library.
The College Trustees declared in March 2017 that they wish to see the development of an archival reference library as a significant adjunct to the College Archives. This library will celebrate the long history of the English and Welsh Catholic community at home and abroad throughout the ages. As no comparable library collection exists in Rome, this is a unique development.
The new facility is being developed using existing College Library resources, and supplementing them with donations from collections in England and Wales. More than 1000 reference books have been donated since 2016, complementing existing VEC holdings: these books are largely duplicates from diocesan archival library collections in England, Wales and Ireland.
The VEC possesses a substantial collection of rare books dating from the 16th century. These have been largely inaccessible to scholars in the past: the books need professional care and attention in both conservation and cataloguing.
These new initiatives promise to raise significantly the status of the VEC as a place of serious international scholarship.