A museum of artefacts collected by Jesuits over five centuries has opened in Lancashire.

The Old Chapel Museum, at Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, includes St Thomas More’s hat, a prayer book belonging to Mary, Queen of Scots, and the rope used at the execution of St Edmund Campion.

The museum, made possible by the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, is available for group bookings from January.

It was blessed by Bishop John Arnold of Salford earlier this month.

The bishop said: “This important collection tells the story of the courage of our brothers and sisters in faith to remain steadfast against all the odds.”

Other items in the collection include a thorn from the Crown of Thorns and the skull of Cardinal John Morton, a mentor to St Thomas More.

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