Denominational History Diary and Record
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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
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).
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)
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
Saturday 3.12.2016 Methodist Studies Seminar at The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University.
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
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 ú Telephone 020 7387 3727. 5:30pm-7:30pm. Admission free, but booking required. See website
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
1893 The Wesley Historical Society was founded for the advancement
of interest in the history of all branches of the Methodist Church.
1848-1849 University Hall built on Numbers 14 and 15 Gordon Square
hall of residence for University College. Strong Unitarian influences. The
Catholic and Apostolic Church (sometimes known as the cathedral of the
Irvingites) was built next to it between 1851 and 1854. In 1890, the
redundant New College Hall building was occupied by Dr Williams' Library, a
dissenters archive established in 1730.
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.
1848-1849 University Hall built on Numbers 14 and 15 Gordon Square as a hall of residence for University College. Strong Unitarian influences. The Catholic and Apostolic Church (sometimes known as the cathedral of the Irvingites) was built next to it between 1851 and 1854. In 1890, the redundant New College Hall building was occupied by Dr Williams' Library, a dissenters archive established in 1730.