History of the EHS

The Ecclesiastical History Society was founded in 1961, by those such as Professor Clifford Dugmore of King's College, University of London, Dom David Knowles (the first president), Charles Duggan and William Frend.  The EHS has developed from those early days through the organisation of annual conferences, based on themes suggested by successive Presidents. The society prides itself on its inclusivity and friendliness, indeed Stella Fletcher's history of the society was entitled 'A Very Agreeable Society'. Both historians of nonconformity (such as Clyde Binfield, Geofrrey Nuttall and Reg Ward) and notable Catholics (such as Eamon Duffy and Bill Sheils) have held the role of president. The society is also renowned for its publication of volumes of Studies in Church History which highlight the new approaches to ecclesiastical history presented at the Summer and Winter conferences, which has featured historians of ideas, gender, warfare, art, the body, music, cities and culture.

Past Presidents and themes

For details of past Presidents and themes, click here.

Something a little different ...

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the society's foundation, we placed online a murder-mystery by Timothy Larsen, Bloomsbury Blood. You may consider that his 'Church Archaeological Society' bears an uncanny resemblance to the EHS, but we couldn't possibly comment ...

The novel comes in two files rather than the classic Victorian three parts. To read it, click on the links below.

Bloomsbury Blood 1

Bloomsbury Blood 2