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Hiding in Plain Sight
Sat Mar 23 @ 1.00 pm - 3.00 pmFree
The Bar Convent has been hiding in plain sight on Blossom St. in York since 1686. At this time of religious turbulence, the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus wore slate-coloured gowns in the fashion of the day to conceal their identity.
When Mother Aspinal’s new Chapel was built in 1769, it was designed with eight separate exits to allow the congregation to escape in the event of a raid by authorities. Its magnificent neoclassical dome is still concealed beneath our pitched slate roof.
Come along to this event to see the history of hidden identities at the convent and to hear some readings from Creative Writing students at York St John University who have responded to the convent archives and consider what it means to have identities that might still need to hide in plain sight.
You can also visit the Bar Convent Exhibition and discover the hidden chapel, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary.