EHS Postgraduate Colloquium 2020

14-15 May 2020, University of Rouen, France

The Ecclesiastical History Society in association with the University of Rouen, Normandy (GRHis, ERIAC, IUF) warmly invites postgraduate students working on any aspect of ecclesiastical and religious history from late antiquity to the twenty-first century to present twenty-minute papers on their research at a two-day colloquium which will be held in Rouen on May 14th-15th, 2020.

‘Reformed theology and conformity in England’s long Reformation’

Trinity College, Cambridge – Junior Parlour

21-22 November 2019

Sponsored by the Cambridge School of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Cambridge School of Arts and Humanities.

EHS Conference 2020-21: The Churches and Rites of Passage

14-16 July 2020 University of Nottingham

The theme of the 59th EHS Summer Conference will be The Churches and Rites of Passage. As ever, the intention is to attract a broad spectrum of papers from across the history of Christianity.

Studies in Church History 55 and Book Sale!

Member’s News and Publications Late Summer 2019

2019 Book Prize Shortlist

We are pleased to announce that three books have been shortlisted for the inaugural EHS Book Prize: e A Hoover’s The Donatist Church in an Apocalyptic Age (OUP), Nathan J Ristuccia’s Christianization & Commonwealth in Early Medieval Europe (OUP), Robin Whelan’s The Politics of Orthodoxy in the Post-Imperial West (UCP), Naomi Pullin’s Female Friends & the making of Transatlantic Quakerism, 1650-1750 (CUP), Sam Brewitt-Taylor’s Christian Radicalism in the Church of England and the Invention of the British Sixties, 1957-1970.

The winner will be announced at the Winter Meeting on 18 January 2020.

2019 President’s Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s President’s Prize has been awarded to Revd Dr Robert Evans (Chester) ‘God’s judgement in Carolingian law and history writing.’

Michael Kennedy Prize Winner

We are delighted to be able to announce that the winner of the Michael Kennedy Prize, for the best paper given by a postgraduate student at one of our meetings, is Dan D. Cruickshank (Glasgow) ‘Debating the Legal Status of the Ornaments Rubric: Ritualism and Royal Commissions in late Nineteenth- and early Twentieth-Century England’. The prize is worth £500 and will be published in the forthcoming 2019 Studies in Church History.

Postgraduate Bursaries Awarded 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded six postgraduate bursaries for the upcoming conference Inspiration and Institution held in Durham.

Ben Ashbridge (Cambridge)
Dan Cruickshank (Glasgow)
Alannah Jeune (Canterbury, NZ)
David Ononogbu (Pretoria)
Rhiannon Teather (Bristol)
Tim Yung (Hong Kong)

Book Prize 2018

At the Winter Meeting in January we were delighted to be able to announce
the winner of our second annual Book Prize. This was awarded to William H. Campbell for The Landscape of Pastoral Care in Thirteenth-Century England (Cambridge University Press).

Entries are currently being considered for books published in the 2018
calendar year, while we also welcome entries for those published in 2019
(deadline *31 January 2020*). The prize (£1,000) is awarded to the best English-language first monograph on any aspect of the history of Christianity. Visit for further details.

Studies in Church History 54 and Book Sale!

Studies in Church History 54, *The Church and Empire*, edited by Stewart
Jay Brown, Charlotte Methuen and Andrew Spicer, is now available at
members’ price (£27).

Member’s News and Publications Spring 2019

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC),17–20 October 2019, St Louis

The SCSC invites proposals for individual presentation submissions and
complete panels for its 2019 annual conference at The Arch Hotel in St
Louis, Missouri. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the society and in
honour of that event the SCSC is returning to the city where it was
established, and its first conference was held. Traditionally papers have
ranged across a range of field: Art & Architectural history; Digital
Humanities; English Literature; French Literature; German Studies; History;
History of Science; Italian Studies;  Spanish and Latin American Studies;

The CIHEC (Commission Internationale d’Histoire et d’Etude du Christianisme) International Symposium, 11-13 June 2019, University of Lyon

The purpose of this symposium is to study the links between religious
history, Church history or ecclesiastical history, and other types of
history (history of knowledge, gender history, global history, digital
history, etc.). It is a question of reflecting on the interest of crossing
the methods and concepts of these different types of history and wondering
to what extent this could lead to a renewal of religious history.

Journal of Ecclesiastical History World Christianities Essay

The deadline for entries – 31 March – is fast approaching. For full details, visit

Do please draw this to the attention of any potentially interested scholars,
especially but not only postgraduate and postdoctoral students.

OUP Spiritual Lives welcomes proposals for monographs

Timothy Larsen is the General Editor of Oxford University Press’s Spiritual
Lives biography series and he welcomes ideas for future volumes written by members of the Ecclesiastical History Society.

Religion and World War One

To commemorate the end of the First World War, Cambridge University Press are making 16 articles freely available for a limited period. This includes articles from several publications including Studies in Church History. To access these, visit:

Call for Papers for Special Edition of Religions

This Special Issue of Religions will focus on lived religion and devotional practices as found in the domestic settings of medieval Europe from c.1000 to c.1550. More particularly, it will investigate to what degree the experience of personal or familial religious practice in the domestic realm and the more public expression of faith in liturgical or communal settings intersected.

2018 President’s Prize Winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s President’s Prize has been awarded to Marina Wang (Chinese University of Hong Kong), for ‘Western Establishment or Chinese Sovereignty? The Tientsin Anglo-Chinese College during the Restore Educational Rights Movement, 1924-27’.

Michael Kennedy Prize Winner

We are delighted to be able to announce that the winner of last year’s Michael Kennedy Prize, for the best paper given by a postgraduate student at one of our meetings, is Jenny Bond (SOAS), for ‘“The One for the Many”: Zeng Baosun, Louise Hester Barnes and the Yifang School for Girls and Changshua, 1893-1918’. The prize is worth £500 and will be published in the forthcoming 2019 Studies in Chuch History.

2018 Book Prize Shortlist

We are pleased to announce that three books have been shortlisted for the inaugural EHS Book Prize: Linden Bicket’s George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic  Imagination (Edinburgh UP); William H. Campbell, The Landscape of Pastoral Care in 13th-Century England (CUP); and Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Defiant Priests: domestic unions, violence and clerical masculinity in fourteenth-century Catalunya (Cornell UP).

The winner will be announced at the Winter Meeting on 12 January 2019.

Postgraduate Bursaries Awarded

We are delighted to announce that we have awarded fifteen postgraduate bursaries for the upcoming conference Church and the Law 2018 held in Cambridge.

Medium Ævum Annual Lecture, Meeting and Colloquium – Medieval Life Writing

Join the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Harris Manchester College, Oxford in celebrating their 60th Annual Lecture – Medieval Life Writing: Principles and Practice. The programme is up and registration is now open.

World Christianities Prize by the Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Congratulations to Pedro Feitoza, a postgraduate member of the EHS, who has recently been awarded the inaugural World Christianities Prize by the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, for his essay ‘Experiment in missionary writing: Protestant missions and the Imprensa Evangelica (Evangelical Press) in Brazil, 1864-1892’

Call for papers: Brill Volume on Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

We are seeking contributors for several essays for a Brill Handbook of the Christian Tradition on Death and Remembrance in Europe 1300-1700. The essays will be 8,000-10,000 words. In particular we are looking for contributors on:

Methodist Ministers at War: Wesleyan Methodist Chaplains of World War I

The John Rylands Library has launched a digitised manuscript volume containing service records of over 300 Wesleyan Methodist ministers who served as chaplains in the British military during World War I. Further details are available via a JRL Special Collections blog article

Call for Applications for 2018 Manchester Wesley Research Centre Visiting Research Fellowships

We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 John Rylands Research Institute-MWRC Joint Visiting Fellowship and the 2018 MWRC Visiting Fellow programme. Applications are due by 15 and 31 January 2018 respectively. For full details on the Fellowships, including reports on the experiences of recent Visiting Fellows, visit:

EHS recognised as Nominating Body for REF2021

We are pleased to announce that the EHS has been recognized as a nominating body for REF2021: specifically for the Theology and Religious Studies Sub-Panel and the History Sub-Panel. We warmly invite recommendations from members for potential names. 

EHS Webmaster and Publicity Officer

We are also seeking a replacement Webmaster and Publicity Officer. This is a paid post of around 100 hours per year and involves website and blog maintenance, publicity via social media and some content creation. While we welcome all expressions of interest, and expert knowledge is not a pre-requisite, this is a post that might particularly suit postgraduate students or early career academics with some experience of online media.

EHS Publicity Secretary

With a view to increasing the Society’s profile and growing its membership, the Committee has decided to create a new post, that of Publicity Secretary. Recognizing that while we communicate better with existing members than potential ones, we envisage this as a broad, proactive role with an outward-facing emphasis – and a great chance to play a central part in EHS activities and events. The role will comprise of managing the Society’s social media accounts (alongside the Web Officer) and publicising the activities of the Ecclesiastical History Society to other universities, academic societies and other interested groups. 

Pusey House free exhibition on Tractarian responses to the Reformation

Re-forming the Church of England: Tractarian responses to the Reformation is free, and is open 9.30-5.30, Monday-Friday. Please enquire for curator-led tours outside these times. For further information see–events/library-exhibition-michaelmas-term.

Remembering the Reformation Digitised Exhibition

A new digital exhibition on the Reformation has been launched, featuring more than 130 items, it brings together a fascinating array of manuscripts, books and objects – from defaced missalsmnemonicsclocks,

Hensley Henson Project: Request for help!

Durham University has begun work on a project to digitise the journals of Hensley Henson, bishop of Durham, for the period 1900 to 1939. To help us create the best possible presentation of the journals, we are asking potential users to help us by taking a short survey.

Studies in Church History 53 and book SALE!

Studies in Church History 53, Translating Christianity, edited by Simon
DItchfield, Charlotte Methuen and Andrew Spicer, is now available at
members’ price (£25). Please note that this is the subscription volume for
2016-17: if your subscription began between July 2016 and June 2017, you
should have received this volume already and there is no need to order it.
If you think you ought to have received it, and have not done so, please
contact Dr Tim Grass:

Membership Subscriptions

Membership subscriptions for 2017-18 were due on 1 July. Please do check that you have paid and that we have up-to-date e-mail and postal details for you, especially if you expect to receive this next year’s volume of SCH, which we anticipate being published in May or June 2018. For membership enquiries, please contact Mr Simon Jennings:

2017 Book Prize Shortlist

We are pleased to announce that four books have been shortlisted for the inaugural EHS Book Prize: Clare Copeland, Maria Maddalena de’Pazzi; Zachary Purvis, Theology and the University in Nineteenth-Century Germany; Richard Sowerby, Angels in Early Medieval England; Joseph Stubenrauch, The Evangelical Age of Ingenuity, all published by Oxford University Press. 

The winner will be announced at the Winter Meeting on 20 January 2018. Anyone wishing to submit a book for this next year’s competition should visit our prizes page.

Alexandra Walsham CBE

In the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours, Professor Alexandra Walsham (EHS President 2012-13) was made CBE, for services to history. A fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Professor Walsham has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 1999 and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009 and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2013. “I am bewildered and humbled by this unexpected honour, which I am still struggling to take in,” she commented. “I hope that I can endeavour to deserve it by providing further service to History in the coming years.”

Call for Committee Members

We are seeking two new committee members to serve from 2017-20, to be elected at the AGM in Exeter on 19 July. This is a great chance to bring new ideas and energy to our thinking as a Society. If you wish to know more about what this might entail, please contact Gareth Atkins. And if you are interested in serving, please complete the for below and return it to me at or Magdalene College, Cambridge, CB3 0AG, by Friday 14 July.

Postgraduate Bursaries Awarded

We have awarded ten postgraduate bursaries for the upcoming conference Churches & Education 2017 at Exeter.

Postdoctoral vacancies at Durham: Herbert Hensley Henson Project

The School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) and the Department of History at Durham invite applications for two full-time PDRAs, appointed for three years. They will be employed on an AHRC funded project on ‘Church, State and Nation’ in Britain during the first four decades of the twentieth century. The focus of this project is the unpublished journals of the leading twentieth-century churchman, public moralist and member of the House of Lords, Herbert Hensley Henson, Bishop of Durham, 1920‒1939.

Michael Kennedy Prize Winner

We are delighted to be able to announce that the winner of last year’s Michael Kennedy Prize, for the best paper given by a postgraduate student at one of our meetings, is Miriam Adan Jones, for ‘Vernacular baptism and the church of the English’. The prize is worth £500 and the essay will be published in SCH 53, Translating Christianity.

Become a Benefactor of the Sion College Collection

One of the most important collections at Lambeth Palace Library are the books and manuscripts from the library of Sion College. Founded only 20 years later than Lambeth Palace Library, Sion College library was established to support the City of London clergy. It rapidly became a resource used by the citizens of London as a whole and its fame as a learned collection spread far and wide. By the 1650s it was attracting visitors from as far afield as New England and eastern Europe.

World Christianities Prize

The editors of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History are pleased to announce the inception of a new World Christianities Prize. The winning author will receive £500 and their essay will be published in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History. It will be awarded annually for the best essay submitted on any aspect of the history of Christianity outside Europe and North America from the year 700 to the present. 

The deadline for first submission is 31 March 2017, and there are no eligibility restrictions on submission. For further details, visit

Election of New Fellows

We are pleased to announce the election to the Society of ten new Fellows.

EHS Conference Bursaries 2016

We are delighted to congratulate this year’s recipients of EHS Conference Bursaries. A very large number of applications were received, and fourteen bursaries were awarded.

Nominations for EHS Committee

As ever, we warmly welcome nominations for the two places on the Committee set to fall vacant this year. Members who have not considered standing should be aware that this offers the opportunity not just to get a better sense of how the EHS works but to influence its shape as it develops over the next few years.

Stories of Survival: Three Post-doctoral fellowships at Oxford

The adverts have just gone live for THREE post-doctoral fellowships at Oxford to work on Dr John-Paul Ghobrial’s project on Eastern Christianity, ca. 16th-18th centuries.  These posts are for three years each (2016-2019), and they will be amazing opportunities for early career researchers to carry out their own individual research alongside the research of the project. 

Announcement: Change in Publisher

Studies in Church history is changing publisher. We are pleased to announce that, beginning with volume 52 (to be published later this year), Studies in Church History is to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Full details are available on the  Studies in Church History web pages.

Launch of the Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English

The Queen Mary Centre for Religion and Literature in English launched in January 2016, is a collaboration between the School of English and Drama and the School of History at Queen Mary University of London, focusing on Roman Catholicism, the Church of England, Protestant dissent, Methodism, and Judaism. 

Their website is available here:

St Werburgh’s Church, Derby: Research Project

St Werburgh’s Church, Derby, is a redundant Anglican church under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Volunteers there are seeking to set up a research project with a view to applying for Heritage Lottery Funding. They hope to relate the ecclesiastical context the social history of the parish and the wider geography of the city. The first phase includes the transcription of the nineteenth century census alongside research into the church memorials and families associated with them. They also intend to research the incumbents. The project seeks to bring together a range of historical organisations and interested individuals. If a member or members are interested in working with this project, please contact Mr John C.G. Miller, 5 Kingsbury Road, Mackworth, Derby, DE22 4JP.

Newman University, Birmingham: Call for Applications for Home/EU PhD Studentships

Newman University is delighted to invite applications for its latest Doctoral Studentship competition. As part of the University’s continued commitment to support the most promising researchers to undertake in-depth scholarship, applications are invited for a number of fully-funded PhD Studentships for three years (full-time) for UK or EU students.

The Studentship includes a subsistence grant in line with the recommendations of the UK research councils (currently £14,057 p.a.) with all fees paid.

Bursary winners for York Conference announced

We would like to congratulate this year’s recipients of EHS Conference Bursaries. These are designed to allow postgraduates to attend the summer conference and cover the costs of food and accommodation. This year nine awards have been made.

Postdoc openings: AHRC-funded project on ‘Remembering the Reformation’

Professors Alexandra Walsham (Cambridge) and Brian Cummings (York) have been awarded a large AHRC collaborative grant for a project on ‘Remembering the Reformation’, which will begin on 1 January 2016 and run for three years. 

Grant awarded for project on ‘George Whitefield and Trans-Atlantic Protestantism’

Revd Dr David Ceri Jones, Reader in Welsh and Atlantic History, Aberystwyth University, has been awarded a grant from the Leverhulme Trust for a project: ‘George Whitefield and Trans-Atlantic Protestantism’. Dr Geordan Hammond has been appointed as Research Assistant. The primary aim of the project is to produce the first scholarly edition of Whitefield’s extensive transatlantic correspondence. The project will build upon collaborative work Jones and Hammond have been involved in, including the June 2014 ‘George Whitefield at 300’ conference and their co-editorship of George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2016), consisting of sixteen essays that originated as papers at the conference.

Published in April 2015: SCH51, Christianity and Religious Plurality

The latest volume of Studies in Church History, Christianity and Religious Plurality, is now available.

Special offer for EHS members from the Canterbury and York Society

Supplications from England and Wales in the Registers of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 1410-1503, ed. Peter D. Clarke and Patrick N. R. Zutshi, 3 volumes, Canterbury and York Society Series, volumes 103-105 (2013-15).