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.

Message from the President of the Ecclesiastical History Society: Vacancies for Secretary and Committee

I am writing to encourage you to consider taking a more active role in the Society. At the upcoming Annual General Meeting at the University of Sheffield on 23 July 2014, we shall as usual be electing members of the Committee to serve for the next three years. In addition, this year, our longstanding and valued Hon. Secretary, Dr Stella Fletcher, has regretfully decided that she has to stand down for personal reasons, and there will accordingly be a vacancy in this key role.


We welcome applications for membership from:

  • individuals furthering the study of the history of Christianity;
  • students working in relevant fields;
  • scholars studying and/or teaching the history of Christianity at institutions of higher education in the UK and abroad;
  • and institutions and other bodies interested in furthering the study of the history of Christianity.

2014 AGM

The society's AGM will take place on 23 July, as part of the Sheffield conference. The minutes of last year's meeting are available and may be downloaded here. Please read them before the meeting.

Have you any spare volumes of Studies in Church History?

Belatedly, we are seeking to create an archive of all previous volumes of Studies in Church History, including the Subsidia, for the use of the editors. Many, however, are now out of print. If any members have spare copies in good condition (preferably with unmarked text) which they would be happy to pass on, we should be grateful to hear from you. In the first instance, please contact the Assistant Editor, Dr Tim Grass, at

Published in April 2014: SCH50, Religion and the Household

The latest volume of Studies in Church HistoryReligion and the Household, is now available.

EHS theme for 2014-15: Doubting Christianity: The Church and Doubt

University of Sheffield, 22-24 July 2014
London, 17 January 2015

The 53rd Summer Conference of the Ecclesiastical History Society will be held at the University of Sheffield’s conference centre, Halifax Hall, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield S10 3ED, from lunch on Tuesday 22 July to lunch on Thursday 24 July. Please note:

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).

Open Access: Submissions from the society to HEFCE

The Ecclesiastical History Society has submitted a further response to the Open Access proposals. To read it, click here.

Earlier this year, the society sent a letter responding to HEFCE’s proposals for implementing Open Access, not only for publicly funded research, but for all submissions to REF post 2014. To read it, click here.

Information for Contributors to Studies in Church History

You will find the information, and the forms, which you need if you are a contributor to, or peer reviewer for, Studies in Church History, on the Publications page.


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