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2022 AGM and Annual Lecture

We shall meet this year in person on July 6th at Lambeth Palace Library. The lecture will be at 5 p.m. and the AGM at 4.15 p.m., both in the Bancroft room.
Please contact the Honorary Secretary, Dr Mary Clare Martin, if you wish to attend, as numbers are limited.

The agenda for the AGM can be found here.

W.M. Jacob will speak on the topic of ‘Lived religion’ in eighteenth-century England: the education of poor children.

Drawing on the insights of ‘lived religion’  this paper investigates evidence from a wide range of eighteenth century archival sources, including diocesan parochial and borough records, to illustrate the religious commitment of Anglican lay people of the ‘middling sort’ in a wide geographical range of parishes. It suggests that their devotion of money and time to provide, by a variety of means, access to spiritual development, literacy and numeracy for poor children is evidence of their living out Christian faith. Schooling was usually reinforced by providing and overseeing occupational training through apprenticeships, and providing godly literature and devotional works for apprentices and their masters and mistresses to lift children out of poverty and improve their prospects in life.

The 2021 Annual Lecture was held online on Tuesday July 6th at 5.00pm BST.

Dr Grant Tapsell (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford) gave the lecture, entitled "Archbishop William Sancroft's Life in Letters."
A video of this lecture is presented below: