Denominational History Diary and Record


October 2017

September 2017

23.9.2017 HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB - "A pleasant place to live!"

A day of talks at the Free Church (left) and a visit to St Jude's (right)

You are invited to join Friends of the Congregational Library at The Free Church, Central Square, London NW11 7AG at 11.00 am for a day in which we will look at the two churches which are at the heart of the community - The Parish Church of St Jude's and The Free Church (Baptist and United Reformed). The programme features tours of both churches and talks on:

  • The Murals in St Jude's painted by Walter P. Starmer (the son of a Congregational minister) given by the Alan Walker, Vicar of St Jude's and author of the book Walter P. Starmer, Artist 1877 - 1961'
  • Edwin Lutyens, the architect who designed St Jude's and The Free Church given by Dr Christopher Wakeling, former President of the Chapels Society
  • Members of the Free Church who died in the First World War given by the Revd Dr Ian Tutton, Mnister of The Free Church
    For more information please contact Andrea Protheroe, Honorary Secretary, Friends of the Congregational Library.

    July 2017

    Wednesday 5.7.2017 and Thursday 6.7.2017 United Reformed Church History Society Study Conference at the University of Manchester. Kirsty Thorpe, co-author of Daughters of Dissent, will give the Annual Lecture on "Constance Coltman - role model for women's ministry or complete one off?". The lecture marks the centenary of the ordination of the first woman to ministry in the Congregational Union of England and Wales. [See Wikipedia]
    As usual, ADHSCL members will be welcome. Please register an interest with: Mrs Margaret Thompson, c/o URC History Society, Westminster College, Cambridge, CB3 0AA
    not later than 6 May 2017.

    Saturday 1.7.2017 Wesley Historical Society 2017 Annual Lecture and Annual General meeting, at Kingswood School, Lansdown Road, Lansdown, Bath. BA1 5RG with optional visit to John Wesley's Chapel - 'The New Room', Bristol on Sunday 2.7.2017. G.M. Best (Headmaster Kingswood School from 1987 to 2008) will give a talk on Kingswood [Wikipedia] and its role in Methodist Education in the morning and the annual lecture in the afternoon that will be about John Cennick [Wikipedia], described as "the first Son of the Gospel". The lecture will explore how John Cennick emerged as the first lay preacher, and how significant his contribution was, why he fell out with the Wesleys and his later life. Betwen these events there will be tours and a talk by the Kingswood archivist. On the Sunday Opportunity to see the new facilities of John Wesley's Chapel - 'The New Room', Bristol [Wikipedia] including the twelve-roomed Wesley Museum across the entire upper floor of 'The New Room' Museum entry charge £3.50, including an audio guide, and Optional opportunity to visit Charles Wesley's House. No charge. Places on this visit to be reserved directly with John Wesley's Chapel -'The New Room' at least one month in advance. . (website).

    April 2017

    Monday 24.4.2017 Methodist Studies Seminar at Wesley House, Cambridge

    March/April 2017 The Annual Journal of the New Church Historical Society for the year 2016 will include amongst others: "The History of the Brightlingsea New Church" by Bruce Jarvis - "Francis Oliver Finch: Artist" by Patrick L. Johnson - "Two Lancashire Pioneers of the New Church in Lancashire" by Charles Higham (Reprint from 1916) - "The Faraday Index of New Church periodicals" by C. H. Presland (Reprint from 1980)

    March 2017

    Saturday 25.3.2017 "What was New about the New Connexion? Dan Taylor and the General Baptists, commemorating two hundred years since Taylor's death in 1816". A study day organised by The Centre for Baptist History and Heritage with the Baptist Historical Society, at Regent's Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB. 10.00am - 4.00 pm. The study day will mark the publication of the new Baptist Historical Society volume on the English Baptists of the Eighteenth Century, which is dedicated in honour of Raymond Brown. Speakers: Keith Jones, "New Connexion, New Ecclesiology?" - Richard Pollard, "Dan Taylor: an Innovative Baptist Theologian." - Peter Shepherd, "Dan Taylor and New Steps in Ministerial Formation" - Stephen Copson, "Dan Taylor and the Curious Case of the Old General Baptists." The fee for the conference will be £10, payable on the day, which will include unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day. Participants are asked to bring their own lunch, or buy sandwiches at the time. Please notify intention to attend to Paul Fiddes.

    Friday 17.3.2017 (God willing): The 2017 Strict Baptist Historical Society Annual Lecture will be given by Tim Grass on "Strict Baptists and the Particular Baptist Fund" at Bethesda Baptist Church, Kensington Place, London W8, which is near Notting Hill Gate Station, at 7 p.m. All Welcome. There will be a bookstall and refreshments

    January 2017

    A redesigned and updated website provides expanded information, including available research fellowships, Centre partnerships, publishing, and events. Visiting Fellows, Honorary Fellows, and Junior Fellows are listed. The website also includes information on the John Rylands Library and its resources for researchers.

    December 2016

    Saturday 3.12.2016 Methodist Studies Seminar at The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University.

    November 2016

    28.11.2016 Applications deadline for the 2017 John Rylands Research Institute - Manchester Wesley Research Centre Joint Visiting Fellowship. Full details on John Rylands research funding website. This year's Joint Fellow is David Bebbington, University of Stirling, who is researching Methodist growth in the British Isles during the Victorian Era. Last year's Joint Fellow was Cindy Aalders, who focused on the Methodist Child in Eighteenth-Century England. Applications are also now being accepted for the 2017 Manchester Wesley Research Centre Visiting Fellow Programme. Application deadline is 16.1.2017. Full details can be found on the Visiting Research Fellows page.

    Friday 18.11.2016 10am to about 4.30pm at King's College, Cambridge: The Historic Libraries Forum 2016 conference "Impact : New Audiences for Historic Collections". The conference will explore the different ways in which historic collections can be used as tools for engagement with new audiences. The morning session comprises two keynotes given by Alison Cullingford (University of Bradford) and Pippa Smith (a freelance specialist in learning and participation : (website) who will examine the ways in which we might measure the impact of our public engagement events and how these results might inform future projects, and explore just what is meant by 'interpretation' and how we think about the varied needs of different audiences. These will be complemented by afternoon case-studies covering the engagement of young people in special collections, academic partnerships resulting in new research, how the AHRC consider impact when making an award to a project and how exhibitions can bring in new visitors to collections. The cost (including refreshments and lunch) will be £45 and there will be ample time throughout the day for networking and to question all speakers. website

    October 2016

    Tuesday 25.10.2016. Dr Williams's Library 1729-1793 "a good library, under the direction of the dissenters". Friends of Dr Williams's Library 70th Annual Lecture (2016). The Lecture Hall, Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR Telephone 020 7387 3727. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Admission free, but booking required. See website

    September 2016

    July 2016

    Baptist Historical Society Summer School
    and Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Annual Conference

    Scripture and Tradition: Perspectives from Baptist History

    19th July - 22nd July 2016

    at Luther King House, Manchester, M14 5JP

    Revelation and Tradition Speakers include:

    Ian Birch

    Paul Fiddes

    Brian Haymes

    Rosa Hunt

    Parush R Parushev,

    Lina Toth

    Simon Woodman

    27.7.1999 The New Church Historical Society formed under the auspices of The General Conference of the New Church. Objectives: To encourage the collection, preservation, and study of resources for the history of the New Church and of its institutions and individual members


    1915 Unitarian Historical Society founded. It exists to encourage and support the study of all aspects of Unitarian history, including that of constituent and related traditions such as English Presbyterianism, the General Baptists, Universalist churches, the Methodist Unitarian movement, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and other bodies and groups.


    1893 The Wesley Historical Society was founded for the advancement of interest in the history of all branches of the Methodist Church.


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