Church of England Record Society

The Church of England Record Society was founded in 1991 and aims to promote interest in and knowledge of the Church of England from the 16th century onwards.  Since 1994, the Society has published volumes illustrating all periods of church history since the Reformation.

The publications include editions of letters, diaries, treatises, visitation articles, or other documents and are important sources for ecclesiastical, social and political history.

Members of the Society receive a free copy of the Society's annual publication and are invited to the Annual General Meeting and lecture.  The lecture is given by an established scholar, often associated with the Society’s publications.

We welcome applications for membership.  More information on the Society, publications and membership and links to further useful sites can be found on the following pages.

2024 AGM and Annual Lecture
The 2024 Church of England Record Society AGM and Annual Lecture will be held on Monday 1 July. Our lecture will be given by Professor Julia Stapleton of Durham University, on ‘Secularisation, democracy, and the disestablishment of the Church: Herbert Hensley Henson and the defeat of the Prayer Book measure, 1927-8’.  The AGM will be at 4.15pm, followed by the lecture at 5pm. This year we will be meeting in the Jerusalem Chamber, Westminster Abbey, by the generous permission of the Dean, the Very Rev Dr David Hoyle. Because the capacity of the Jerusalem Chamber is limited, attendance will be restricted to members of the society on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you would like to attend, please email Dr Matthew Grimley no later than Friday 14th June.

2023 AGM and Annual Lecture
The 2023 AGM was held on Monday June 26th at 4.15pm in the Bancroft Room at Lambeth Palace Library, followed by our Annual Lecture at 5pm. Our lecturer was our Vice-President, Canon Professor Michael Snape, Michael Ramsey Professor of Anglican Studies at the University of Durham. He spoke on ‘The “Glorious Glosters”: Christianity, Chaplaincy and Captivity in Cold War Korea’.
Further details in our "Events" section.

2022 Annual Lecture
The 2022 AGM was held in person on July 6th at 4.15pm at Lambeth Palace Library, with the Annual Lecture to follow at 5.00pm. W.M. Jacob gave the lecture, entitled: "‘Lived religion’ in eighteenth-century England: the education of poor children."

2021 Annual Lecture
Dr Grant Tapsell spoke about "Archbishop William Sancroft's Life in Letters." Click here for further details.
The lecture can now be viewed here.

Please click here for the Society's Annual Report for 2022.

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