The Bar Convent in York is England's oldest living convent, founded in 1686 as a school for girls and still home to a community of sisters of the Congregation of Jesus, which was founded by Yorkshire's Mary Ward in 1609. For a long time it has also housed a museum, guest accommodation and a pastoral and conference centre.
The newly-redeveloped Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre was unveiled last week by Channel 5's 'Hotel Inspector' Alex Polizzi, a former pupil of the CJ-founded school, St Mary's in Ascot. The £2 million redevelopment includes the creation of a £1 million exhibition, telling the story of Mary Ward and the convent's role as a centre of Catholic education and worship during penal times.
You can whet your appetite with this short video on BBC Radio York's Facebook page, and see photos and articles on the Bar Convent's Facebook page.
Find out more at http://www.bar-convent.org.uk/