Relics of the Forty Martyrs

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the canonisation of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, this online exhibition will examine the faith stories of these remarkable men and women from the 16th and 17th centuries. It is illustrated with images of their relics and other manuscripts and artefacts in the care of the Jesuits in Britain Archives and Stonyhurst College.

The exhibition has been designed as an immersive visual and audio experience and is best viewed on larger screens. To listen to the exhibition text press the play button under the main image and scroll down to see the accompanying images. You can skip to particular relics or Saints using the index above, but to get the best experience we recommend working your way through from start to finish.

We hope you enjoy discovering these remarkable objects.

About the exhibition

Dr Jan Graffius, Curator of Stonyhurst College, was responsible for the selection, research, presentation, and curation of the relics in the exhibition. She was greatly assisted by Joseph Reed, the Stonyhurst Archives Manager, who photographed the relics.

Rebecca Somerset, Province Archivist, and Mary Allen, Deputy Archivist, of the Jesuits in Britain Archives provided invaluable supervision and overview of the structure and content of the exhibition and the accompanying podcasts and social media content.