About the EHS

The Ecclesiastical History Society (EHS) was founded in 1961 and aims to foster interest in, and to advance the study of, all areas of the history of the Christian Churches.


All Members of the society are invited to an annual residential summer conference, held in a different location each year, and to a one-day winter conference in London. A theme is chosen for the conferences each year by the President, who is elected annually. Conferences include the presentation of major papers by invited speakers who are international experts in their field, and of shorter communications related to the theme, which may be offered by individuals. Excursions are also arranged to local venues of historical interest, and there is time for participants to interact over meals and in the bar with others working in their areas of research. Selected proceedings of the conferences are published each year in Studies in Church History.

We are keen to see increased postgraduate participation in the society, and convene a postgraduate colloquium each year. A number of speakers there go on to offer papers at the summer conference and to have those accepted for publication in Studies in Church History.

International Links

The EHS serves as the host body for the British sub-commission of the Commission internationale d’histoire et d’études du christianisme (CIHEC), a UNESCO-linked body which serves as the main co-ordinating structure for ecclesiastical historians worldwide.