The surviving archives, databank and library of the Newman Demographic Survey, have been cared for by Anthony Spencer (who founded the NDS in 1953, and directed its work until it was shut down early in 1964). He continued much of its work using the style of the Pastoral Research Centre, adding during five decades much new archive material and collections of data, and greatly extended its library. Now called the Newman Collection, arrangements have been made to transfer the bulk of it to Durham University on his death, or earlier incapacity. Durham seemed an excellent destination as it has had a long relationship with Ushaw College and has recently established a flourishing Centre for Catholic Studies. This arrangement, following negotiations led by one of the Trustees, Dr Clive Field, will ensure that the Collection is preserved and made available for research in the future.


Some parts of the Collection will be entrusted to other institutions.

The New Zealand sub-collection. This developed in the course of the PRC study of the organisation of Catholic education in New Zealand, leading to a 550 page report that resulted in the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act of the NZ Parliament, 1975, which brought the Catholic school system of New Zealand into the State school system, after a struggle that had lasted for a century. The decade - from the Bishops’ commission to Spencer to carry out the study - to the passage of the legislation, was described by Rory Sweetman in his book, ‘A Fair and Just Solution?’ published in 2002. This sub-collection is destined for the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, NZ.

The sub-collection on the development of Integrated Education in Northern Ireland.

During its stay in N. Ireland, 1970-2000, the main focus of the PRC was on conflict resolution, and in particular on the role of segregation in obstructing the normal conflict resolution systems of modern societies. After a decade of observant participation, and a study of the attempts made since the 1820s to develop integrated schools in Ireland, Spencer offered an analysis of their failure, and proposals to create a network of integrated schools where the children of Catholics and Protestants would be educated together on a footing of equality. This was first achieved by the foundation of Lagan College in 1981. A PRC planning study in 1984 led to the creation of the Belfast Trust for Integrated Education, and the opening of two new integrated schools in 1985. This was followed a few years later by the creation of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, which now serves a network of around seventy schools. Fionnuala O Connor, a respected journalist and author, gives an account of the early years of the integrated schools in N. Ireland in her book, A Shared Childhood, published in 2002.

The Scottish sub-collection

This was originally destined for transfer to the Scottish Catholic Archives, but in view of their break-up it is being added to the material going to Durham University.

The Third World sub-collection

So far, no home has been found for this.

Anthony Spencer