Unitarian Historical Society

Unitarian Historical Society

The Society was founded in 1915 and exists to encourage and support the study of all aspects of Unitarian history, including that of constituent and related traditions such as English Presbyterianism, the General Baptists, Universalist churches, the Methodist Unitarian movement, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and other bodies and groups.

The Society is run by an elected Council and members of the Society receive a copy of its Transactions each April, details of which can be found on this site.

Annual Meeting

An annual general meeting and lecture is held alongside the annual meetings of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches at a different location each year. Speakers in recent years have included Dr David Wykes, Rev Dr Leonard Smith, Alan Ruston, Professor M.A. Stewart, Rev Andrew Hill, Graham Hague, Dr Alison Kennedy, Rev Dr Ann Peart, Professor David Bebbington and Rev Brian Packer.

The April 2013 meeting was held at the University of Nottingham when the Rev David Shaw spoke on William Bagshaw.

The 2014 annual general meeting and lecture was held at Whittlebury Hall, Northants on Tuesday, 15th April at 3.45 pm. The annual lecture was given by Dr Stephen Burley of the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting Studies on the topic: 'William Hazlitt (1737-1820), Joseph Priestley and the Origins of Unitarianism in America'.


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