The Archives

The Archives of the Daughters of Wisdom holds records of enduring historical value to the Delegation of Great Britain and Ireland. A valuable resource for researchers interested in the history of the Congregation, they also provide insight into the social and economic history of the areas in which the Daughters of Wisdom have lived and worked.

Genealogical research is another area for which the Archives are a rich resource. Records survive from various institutions such as St Joseph’s Orphanage in Romsey, Moorfield Convent in Preston, or the many schools run by the Sisters. Please note, access to some records is restricted under the Data Protection Act 1998.

The bulk of the collection dates from the 19th and 20th centuries and covers a wide range of topics including material on the Founders, Saint Louis Marie de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise of Jesus. Click here to view a subject guide that breaks down the various topical areas available for research.

Additionally, click here for the Archives Leaflet

As well as a leaflet outlining the history of the Province: History of the Province.


The Archives also hold artifacts pertaining to the Daughters of Wisdom’s history and missionary experiences. A Heritage Exhibition that displays a replica of the old and ‘modern’ habits the Sisters wore, among other items, is open to visitors. Please contact the Archivist to arrange a visit.


Enquiries are welcomed in person or by post, phone, or contact form.The contact form is included at the very bottom of this webpage. Please specify your name, your email, and the nature of your request.

Otherwise, contact details are listed below:

Delegation Archives
Daughters of Wisdom
Wisdom House
SO51 8EL
Tel: +44 (0)1794830206

Please contact the Archivist to discuss any archival deposits.