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

The Annual General Meeting of the Society for 2019 will take place at 14.55 on Wednesday 17 April at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel during the meetings of the General Assembly. This will be followed by a lecture by Dr Rachel Eckersley on 'Benefactions in the form of books: the development of the Northern Dissenting Academies and their libraries during the 18th and 19th centuries'.

The Annual General Meeting of the Society for 2018 took place at 3.45 pm on Thursday, 5th April at the De Vere Staverton Park Estate, Daventry, Northamptonshire following which the Rev Dr David Steers gave an illustrated lecture on 'Commemorating 1568: The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda'.

A video of the lecture can be viewed online here:

The 2017 annual meeting took place during the Unitarian General Assembly at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel at 3.45 pm on Wednesday, 12th April. The speaker was Sue Killoran, librarian of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

The 2016 annual meeting was held on Friday, 1st April at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel. The lecture took the form of three shorter presentations related to 'Anniversaries'. The speakers were: Rev Dr David Steers on the centenary of the Unitarian Historical Society and the Transactions; Alan Ruston on three hundred years of the Dr Williams's Trust; and Dr David Wykes on aspects of Manchester College when it was based in London.

The 2015 annual meeting was held on Tuesday, 31st March at 1.45 pm, during the GA Annual Meetings at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotel. The speakers were: Rev Dan Costley, Rev Dr Ann Peart, Rev Dr Ralph Waller and Dr David Wykes.

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'.

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


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