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.

EHS Theme for 2015-16: Translating Christianity

28-30 July 2015, Humanities Research Centre, University of York

16 January 2016, London 


Translating Christianity:

Word, Image, Sound & Object in the Circulation of the Sacred from the Birth of Christ until the present day

'Translation is always a shift not between two languages but between two cultures’ Umberto Eco


The EHS welcomes 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.

Nominations sought for EHS Committee Members / Conference Secretary

Each year at the Society's AGM during the Summer Conference, we elect two new committee members for a three-year term. We welcome those who would like to use their gifts in various ways to serve the cause of church history. 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.

Keeping in touch with the Society

At its recent meetings the EHS Committee resolved to put in place a more frequent e-mail newsletter, which aims to keep recipients informed about forthcoming events, recent publications and members' news, as well as providing reminders about booking deadlines.

The Committee considers that this makes sense for a number of reasons, not least the cost of preparation, printing and postage.

New EHS Prize to be Awarded

The Committee is delighted to announce the inception of a new President's Prize for the best paper published in Studies in Church History by an early career scholar. The prize is of £1,000 and will be awarded annually, provided that entries are of a sufficiently high standard. The judges will be the President and the Editors of SCH. To be eligible, the paper must be presented at the conference within seven years of the award of the candidate's Ph.D.

The Kennedy Prize, for the best paper presented by a postgraduate student, is also to be augmented to £500.

W. G. Neely Prize for postgraduate students working on the Church of Ireland

W. G. Neely Prize

The Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) has hosted two annual conferences at Armagh and Dublin for over twenty years.

The aim is to provide an internationally recognised forum for promoting sound academic standards in the study of Irish church history as well as encouraging further research in this discipline.

Christianity and Religious Plurality: SCH51

The next volume in the series, Christianity and Religious Plurality, will be published by Boydell in late Spring 2015. EHS members will have received an order form in the spring mailing.

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).

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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