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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.

A collection of 100 glass slides from the Brethren Archive is now available online: http://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/se...
21/03/2017
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A collection of 100 glass slides from the Brethren Archive is now available online:

http://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/mf7gk7

The collection includes a number of purchased commercial slides, including many from ‘The Life and Work of David Livingstone’ produced by the London Missionary Society. There are slides of exotic places of a kind that could be found in any Victorian travelogue. However, the unique appeal of this collection is the slides produced specifically for a Brethren audience. Among the latter are photographs from the mission field, and coloured montages illustrative of the work of Brethren missions in India, Spain, the Faroes, Central and South America, Russia, Italy, British Guiana and Malaysia. There are photographs of Brethren worthies including George Müller and Henry Groves, and slides illustrative of particular events in Brethren history such as the early get-togethers in Dublin usually considered foundational, and the fabled meeting of the missionaries Arnot Swan and Faulkner in Garanganze in Central Africa during 1888. The collection also includes the opportunity for a sing-along, incorporating hymn lyrics: ‘Throw out the life Line’ illustrated by a turbulent seascape and ‘There’s a call comes ringing’ illustrated by gloomy skies and a boat coming to the rescue. The slides provide a fascinating insight into the evangelising activities of Brethren assemblies and their attempts to popularise the activities of the missionaries working in the field.

The illustrated scrapbook of Leonard Sheldrake in the Christian Brethren Archive is now online.It can be found here:http...
24/02/2017

The illustrated scrapbook of Leonard Sheldrake in the Christian Brethren Archive is now online.

It can be found here:

http://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/66i8tf

This extensive annotated scrapbook was produced by Leonard Sheldrake during his travels around the United States as an itinerant preacher in the 1930s. It contains photographs of individuals, groups, chapels, gospel vans, gospel tents and motor cars. There are advertising leaflets and notices drawing attention to gospel meetings, alongside cards, photographic postcards and evangelical tracts. Sheldrake collected newspaper cuttings of the meetings and activities he was involved with, as well as cartoons, obituaries, and records of interesting incidents and events coinciding with his visits. Included are photographs and press cuttings of missionaries in Northern Rhodesia, China, Syria, France, Angola and Czechoslovakia. There are also maps, tickets and travel details, printed records of services and letters to Sheldrake related to his activities.

One of the most iconic manuscript volumes relating to the early history of the Christian Brethren movement is now availa...
31/01/2017
- Rylands Non-conformist Collection

One of the most iconic manuscript volumes relating to the early history of the Christian Brethren movement is now available online. The University of Manchester Library, with financial assistance from the J.W. Laing Trust, has been able to digitise the ‘Fry Manuscript’. This volume was compiled by Alfred C. Fry from the notebooks of Frederick W. Wyatt of Blandford in Dorset, who has been well described as a ‘disciple’ of Benjamin Wills Newton. Newton was one of the founder members of the movement and his dispute with John Nelson Darby in the 1840s gave rise to the fractious division of the movement into the ‘Open’ and ‘Exclusive’ wings, with Newton himself breaking with the movement soon afterwards.

The ‘Manuscript’ is one of the most important items in the ‘Fry Collection’. Wyatt produced detailed transcriptions of Newton’s recollections in old age, copied many original letters from Newton’s time at Oxford University, and provided copies of detailed memoranda and letters to and from Newton from the time of his controversy with Darby (the originals of which have not survived). Wyatt’s transcriptions were meticulous and detailed (including mistakes made by Newton of which Wyatt was aware, along with Newton’s crossings out) and the volume has been widely used and cited by historians of the Brethren including Harold Rowdon, Roy Coad, Tim Grass and Timothy Stunt.

Although a major source for Brethren historians, the volume needs to be read with care. Much of the reminiscences were recorded when Newton was an old man, recording what for him were bruising encounters from his early life. The volume is nonetheless a unique and seminal account of the early experiences of the movement.

http://luna.manchester.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/xd3342

In recent months, Tim Grass and Neil Dickson have revised and published a study by Gerald West of the Howard family of T...
12/08/2016

In recent months, Tim Grass and Neil Dickson have revised and published a study by Gerald West of the Howard family of Tottenham, an important Quaker family who found their way to Brethrenism in the 1830s and 1840s. Gerald West was himself prominent in the Open Brethren movement in the twentieth century, and before he died in 2011 he deposited his extensive papers with the Christian Brethren Archive in Manchester. The catalogue of these papers is now available online.
Gerald was born in 1931 into a family of committed Christians. His father, Frederick West worked in the construction industry and went on to become the Managing Director of an important construction company in London. Gerald's parents were involved in the formation of Addiscombe Hall in Croydon which opened in 1933 and was where Frederick became an elder and trustee. Gerald studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London and on completion of his training, moved in to private practice. Gerald and his wife Eileen worshipped together at Mitchley Hill Chapel in South Croydon. The 1960s and 1970s saw Gerald involved in many projects in Milton Keynes and in 1968 the Wests moved to Bedford where they attended fellowship at Rutland Gospel Hall (later known as Rutland Road Evangelical Church) where Gerald served as a trustee into the 1990s. As his career progressed, Gerald became a partner with Fitzroy Robinson, a London firm of architects and also took on responsibility for overseeing the finances of the company.
On the family’s return to London in the 1980s, they attended Cholmeley Evangelical Church in Highgate, and after retiring in 1995 Gerald was able to devote more time to church activities and was involved in redeveloping the site. In 2006 Gerald and Eileen moved to Warwick and became members of Myton Church.
As well as being an active member of his local church, Gerald joined the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship (C.B.R.F.) Committee in the 1980s and shortly after became their chairman, a role he stayed in until 1999. He also joined the United Kingdom Evangelisation Trust (UKET) Council and became chairman of the Church Planting Initiative (C.P.I.). In his professional life, Gerald was a Freeman of the City of London.
The collection contains the personal and corporate papers of Gerald West. It includes material relating to the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship and the United Kingdom Evangelisation Trust in which he played leading roles.
This collection would be of interest to anyone studying the history of Addiscombe Hall, Bush Hill Park Hall and various institutions including the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship, Partnership and the United Kingdom Evangelisation Trust.
The full catalogue can be viewed here:

http://archives.li.man.ac.uk/ead/search?operation=full&recid=gb133gtw

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