Christian Brethren Archive

Christian Brethren Archive The Christian Brethren Archive is the world's foremost collection of books, periodicals and archival material relating to the Brethren movement.
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Operating as usual

12/04/2021

The Reading Room re-opens this week as the UK's lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted, and we are also offering Zoom appointments for those wishing to view small amounts of material. Please email if you would like to make an appointment! [email protected] or [email protected]

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27/11/2020

Brethren Archivists and Historians Network

150 years ago today, 27 November 1870, Dr C. J. Davis died in France. A Brethren doctor from Barbados, (see post below of 30 June 2020), he had gone there to provide humanitarian aid to the refugees and wounded in the Franco-Prussian War. He contracted smallpox and after a short illness passed into the presence of God whom he had served..

Below is an etching of Dr Davis in his graduation gown at Aberdeen University and also his obituary from the British Medical Journal.

I’m pleased to be able to let you know that digitised Echoes of Service magazines up to 1960 are now available on the CB...
20/11/2020
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I’m pleased to be able to let you know that digitised Echoes of Service magazines up to 1960 are now available on the CBA website. They can be found here: https://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/view/search/what/Periodicals?q=echoes%20of%20service&sort=reference_number%2Cimage_sequence_number&os=0.

A permanent link is maintained on our ‘digitised material’ webpages here: https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/special-collections/guide-to-special-collections/christian-brethren-collections/digitised-material/.

A quick note about usage – some of the volumes from the 1940s and 1950s cover more than one year, so if you’re looking for a specific year which doesn’t appear to be there, you’ll find it with the following year (for example, the 1946 volume also contains 1944 and 1945).

I hope you enjoy using the new online material!

From today the UK has entered a new period of lockdown, but I continue to work on the CBA. You are welcome to contact me...
05/11/2020
Digitised material (The University of Manchester Library)

From today the UK has entered a new period of lockdown, but I continue to work on the CBA. You are welcome to contact me with your enquiries, and our digital resources are still available on our website: https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/special-collections/guide-to-special-collections/christian-brethren-collections/digitised-material/

Guide to Special CollectionsChristian Brethren collectionsDigitised material The University of Manchester Library Search resources Search Special Collections Guide to Special Collections Christian Brethren collections Printed material Manuscripts Digitised material Internet resources Brethren Archiv...

Over the last couple of months I've been getting some new catalogues online, ready for when we're able to open the archi...
08/09/2020
North Sankuru Mission Archive - Archives Hub

Over the last couple of months I've been getting some new catalogues online, ready for when we're able to open the archives again. These include records from the Fordyce Gospel Hall in Insch and the North Sankuru Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo. To find out more please see our online catalogues here: https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/data/gb133-for and here: https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/data/gb133-nsm

This collection contains documents and materials relating to the North Sankuru Mission in the Belgian Congo, between c.1933 and 1944. The collection is mainly comprised of circulars sent from the mission, which include updates on the conversion of native people to Christianity, among a few other eve...

18/05/2020

I'm very pleased to let you all know that my furlough leave has come to an end. While the physical archive is still closed, I am once again working from home and very happy to help with any enquiries about the archive.

17/04/2020

From Monday 20 April I will be on furlough. Under Government rules, I am not permitted to undertake any work on behalf of the University while I am furloughed so this page will not be monitored.

Any enquiries relating to the Christian Brethren Archive should be directed to my colleagues at [email protected] until I return to work.

Best wishes,

Lianne

Although the Christian Brethren Archive is currently closed, you are still able to access our digitised collections onli...
26/03/2020
Digitised material (The University of Manchester Library)

Although the Christian Brethren Archive is currently closed, you are still able to access our digitised collections online. For more information, and to view the collections, please see our webpages at https://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/special-collections/guide-to-special-collections/christian-brethren-collections/digitised-material/.

Guide to Special CollectionsChristian Brethren collectionsDigitised material The University of Manchester Library Search resources Search Special Collections Guide to Special Collections Christian Brethren collections Printed material Manuscripts Digitised material Internet resources Brethren Archiv...

17/03/2020

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the University of Manchester has decided to close all non-essential facilities, including the libraries, from 5pm today.

Therefore, the Christian Brethren Archive will be closed until further notice. While I will be contactable by email during working hours, I will be unable to make appointments for the Reading Room, or answer enquiries which involve consulting the collections for the foreseeable future.

I will post any updates I receive as the situation develops.

Kind regards,

Lianne Smith
Christian Brethren Archivist

I'm pleased to announce that an annotated bible of John Nelson Darby will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the J...
14/11/2018

I'm pleased to announce that an annotated bible of John Nelson Darby will be included in an upcoming exhibition at the John Rylands Library in our Bible display cases. The exhibition will open in April 2019.

Another great image from our Echoes of Service lantern slide collection, Daniel facing down the Lions.
16/10/2018

Another great image from our Echoes of Service lantern slide collection, Daniel facing down the Lions.

Our Collections Assistant Karen Jacques has discovered this wonderful illustration in the letters of Edward Petter. Pett...
03/10/2018

Our Collections Assistant Karen Jacques has discovered this wonderful illustration in the letters of Edward Petter. Petter was a travelling biscuit salesman, and a member of the brethren. His collection of 500 letters provide a fascinating insight into his travels, his faith and his affection for his wife and family. The illustration below is intended for his grandchildren, and details his travels on the Hai (Peiho) River to Peking.

We are delighted to announce that the catalogue for the Echoes of Service Archive is now available online: https://archi...
31/07/2018
Echoes of Service Archive - Archives Hub

We are delighted to announce that the catalogue for the Echoes of Service Archive is now available online: https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/archives/7880d2e4-ebf8-3ccc-be39-703395b75f27

The collection is made up of correspondence, general administration matter relating to missionary activity, and photographic material. The correspondence files relate to individual missionaries and married couples, and are made up of copies of correspondence to workers in the field, and letters from...

The Christian Brethren Children's Books collection has now been catalogued. We look forward to promoting access to this ...
11/07/2018
The Children’s Book Collection in the Christian Brethren Archive

The Christian Brethren Children's Books collection has now been catalogued. We look forward to promoting access to this wonderful and interesting collection. https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/the-childrens-book-collection-in-the-christian-brethren-archive/

I am pleased to announce that a collection of children’s books in the Christian Brethren Archive has been catalogued. The collection contains wonderful examples of religious fiction and non-fiction…

Still enjoying our excellent newly digitised postcard collection, featuring brethren mission workers around the world.
05/06/2018

Still enjoying our excellent newly digitised postcard collection, featuring brethren mission workers around the world.

For an update on some of our recent work, here's a link to the John Rylands Special Collections blog for a piece by one ...
15/05/2018
Sunday School Holiday Camp Collection in the Brethren Archive

For an update on some of our recent work, here's a link to the John Rylands Special Collections blog for a piece by one of our volunteers: https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/sunday-school-holiday-camp-collection-in-the-brethren-archive/

Emma Dent writes: A small collection amidst the Christian Brethren archive is that of the Cardiff Assemblies’ Sunday School Holiday Camps. Although Cardiff Assemblies’ Sunday School holiday camps b…

The catalogue for the papers of Harold Rowdon, Brethren historian and scholar, is now complete and available for use. Ro...
30/01/2018
Harold Rowdon Papers - Archives Hub

The catalogue for the papers of Harold Rowdon, Brethren historian and scholar, is now complete and available for use. Rowdon's papers provide valuable insight into his work with CBRF, Harvester and Partnership, and his seminal 1966 PhD thesis, The Origins of the Brethren: 1825-1850. https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/manchesteruniversity/archives/c66f7cdd-eab4-3661-9b5f-80cb6e714b23?terms=hrp

The collection contains minutes relating to the Bournemouth and District Christian Brethren Churches, to organisations including the London Bible College, the 'Bloomsbury' Committee, the World Mission Study/Action Group and the international sub group of Partnership, and also relating to the Bournem...

The Echoes of Service Lantern Slide Collection is now available to view online, can anyone help us to identify some of t...
08/01/2018
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The Echoes of Service Lantern Slide Collection is now available to view online, can anyone help us to identify some of the people and activities that the slides depict? http://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/ycax18
A blog post about the digitisation project is also now available: https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2018/01/08/digitisation-of-lantern-slides-from-the-christian-brethren-archive/

We are delighted to announce that the Echoes of Service Lantern Slide Collection in the Christian Brethren Archive has b...
08/11/2017

We are delighted to announce that the Echoes of Service Lantern Slide Collection in the Christian Brethren Archive has been digitised and will soon be available online. Please see below a taster of the fascinating images the slides contain:

The Christian Brethren Archive is delighted to announce the completion of the digitisation of a collection of Letters by...
04/09/2017
Digitisation of the Christian Brethren Archive

The Christian Brethren Archive is delighted to announce the completion of the digitisation of a collection of Letters by John Nelson Darby, and two notebooks from the Fry Collection. Please see below a blog post to find out more and with links to the digitised material: https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/digitisation-of-the-christian-brethren-archive/

We are pleased to announce that a further selection of material from the Christian Brethren Archive has been digitised, and is available for access online. This material includes a collection of co…

The Christian Brethren Archive is always pleased to discuss the acquisition of new material. In the last few months, we'...
09/08/2017

The Christian Brethren Archive is always pleased to discuss the acquisition of new material. In the last few months, we've received additions to the collection from the Carl McAuley at the Church of God in Belfast, Janice Holmes on Ireland Outreach, and David Angell on Village Works. If you have material that you think could be preserved in the CBA, please get in touch!

Delighted to welcome a new volunteer to the Christian Brethren Archive, John McCrory, whose first project will be to cat...
20/06/2017

Delighted to welcome a new volunteer to the Christian Brethren Archive, John McCrory, whose first project will be to catalogue the papers of Joy Guy.

Archive News! A letterbook of John Nelson Darby is now available online. For more information, please see my new post on...
08/05/2017
Digitisation of a letterbook of John Nelson Darby

Archive News! A letterbook of John Nelson Darby is now available online.
For more information, please see my new post on the John Rylands Special Collections blog: https://rylandscollections.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/digitisation-of-a-letterbook-of-john-nelson-darby/

I am pleased to announce a new addition to the digitised material for the Christian Brethren Archive, a letterbook of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882). Darby was one of the founder members of what lat…

As the new archivist for the Christian Brethren Archive, I am thrilled to begin work on this rich and fascinating collec...
27/04/2017

As the new archivist for the Christian Brethren Archive, I am thrilled to begin work on this rich and fascinating collection. I plan to write future posts on my activities and discoveries, as I learn more! Jessica Smith.

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Hi, My name is Agnes. I am a Christian living on the Wirral and I would like to get in touch with someone from the Liverpool congregations regarding Newsham Park Chapel. I have seen that it is up for sale and I was wondering if there would be any way we could meet somebody to discuss buying it for continued use as a Christian church and venue. Blessings to you, Agnes
I used to go to Princes Road Evangelical Church in Buckhurst Hill Essex, formerly Princes Hall. It closed towards the ends of the Noughties, when we moved to Latchett Church in South Woodford London, both former Brethren assemblies. Do you have any info on them. (Latchett has also closed in autumn 2019 as did Canfield Chapel in nearby Woodford Bridge, another former Brethren Assembly.)
Christian Graphic, 1931
The Pilgrim Preachers on one of their tours. The journey was begun in Lands End, at Cornwall on 23 April, and they moved northe by Penzance, Truto, Bodmin, Launceston, Exeter, Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston Super Mare, Bristol, Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Lichfield, Derby, Sheffield, Barnsley, Leeds, Rippon, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Alnwick, Berwick, Dunbar, Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Montrose, Abeerdeen, inverness, Dornoch, Wick, Thurso and John O'Groats on 9 September. The Christian Graphic October 1920
Mr. and Mrs. Porteous, who toured Perthshire, Scotland, with the Gospel. Picture published in "The Gospel Graphic", June 1920
Just wondering if anyone knows/knew Angus Swanson. I have 4 recordings of him made is Brisbane, Australia, in 1983. I am assuming he was from Scotland.