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Book for Summer Conference 2022

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2021

Registration Information

Early Bird Rate until 30th April 2022

Full Conference Fee: £350.00

Day Rate: £40.00

The cost of the conference has been held to the 2019 rates!

Spaces are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Conference rate when booked and deposit paid after 30th April 2022.

Full Conference Fee: £380.00

Day Rate: £42.00


Please note: A non-refundable deposit is required with each booking £50.00 full conference and £35.00 for non-residential day attendance.

Full conference fees include from the evening meal on 12th July to lunch on 15th July.

(Day Rates include: one meal on Tuesday evening and Friday lunchtime and two meals on Wednesday and Thursday.) If you plan to have lunch on the day you arrive, there is an additional cost of £12.00.

Please send your deposit to the treasurer, John Howes.

Payment can be made:

By cheque made payable to ‘The Baptist Historical Society’ and sent to The BHS treasurer:

Mr John R. Howes. The Old Bakery, Lewes Road, Ringmer, BN8 5QD

or by direct bank transfer. Please contact the treasurer for details at

If you are willing to pay extra when you book, the difference will be used to help young scholars

attend the conference. Please inform us of the amount and include it in your payment.

Registration form is here: Registration form


Book Launch: Re-Membering the Body : a festchrift for Ruth Gouldbourne

Posted on Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The Society was pleased to host with the Centre for Baptist Studies in Oxford a book launch for Re-Membering the Body: The Witness of History, Theology and the Arts in Honour of Ruth M. G. Gouldbourne edited by Anthony R. Cross and Brian Haymes (Pickwick, 2021).

The launch included presentations from Brian Haymes, Beth Allison-Glenny, Stephen Copson and a response from Ruth herself.

It can be watched here.

Rev Dr Anthony R. Cross

Posted on Saturday, July 24, 2021

It with sadness that we announce the death of Rev Dr Anthony R. Cross. Anthony was one of the most active Baptist historians and theologians of recent decades. In 2016 the Society published his comprehensive history of ministerial preparation among British Baptists: ‘To communicate simply you must understand profoundly‘. Anthony was also a helpful editor, co-editing Baptists and the World (2011), Grounded in Grace (2013) and Freedom and the Powers (2014), on behalf of the Society. His long-lasting legacy will be editing of the Studies in Baptist History and Thought for Paternoster Press between 2001-2009 and his own work on baptism, most notably his PhD published as Baptism and the Baptists (2000).

Baptist Historical Society Committee Member, Andy Goodliff, has written a tribute here.

Perticular or Particular? A Lecture by William H. Brackney (available to watch)

Posted on Friday, May 28, 2021

You can watch William H. Brackney’s Lecture: Perticular or Particular?



Online Lecture with Bill Brackney

Posted on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Book Launch Recording: Renweing a Modern Denomination

Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2021

At the end of February in partnership with the Oxford Centre for Baptist Studies, Regent’s Park College, the Society launched a new book from Andy Goodliff, a member of the Society: Renewing a Modern Denomination (Pickwick, 2020).

A recording of the launch can be view here.

Renewing a Modern Denomination

Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Now out is a new book from Baptist Historical Society Commitee member, Andy Goodliff, based on his PhD.

The Society with the Oxford Centre for Baptist Studies are hosting a launch and discussion of the book online on Friday 26th February, 12.30-2pm. To find out more or to register please contact christine [dot] joynes [at] regents [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk.

New Book on Salters’ Hall debates

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2020

The Centre for Baptist Studies in Oxford have published the papers from last year’s one day conference on the Salters’ Hall Debates that took place in 1719. Trinity, Creed and Confusion is edited by Stephen Copson, the Society’s Secretary and includes chapters by Stephen Holmes, Peter Shepherd, Malcolm Yarnell III and others.

It is available via Amazon for £18.

Become a Friend of the Angus

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2020

The Angus Library, based at Regent’s Park College, Oxford has created a new way of staying in touch and supporting their work, by inviting people to become a Friend of the Angus. See here for more.

They are also running some online seminars called ‘Opening the Angus’, to mark the launch of the Friends project and you can register visit here.

A Collection of Zoom Webinars; Uncovering our Baptist Story

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Each webinar will begin at 7.30pm and finish by 8.45pm.

To register for this event, please email

Speakers include Ruth Gouldbourne, Stephen Copson, Karen Smith, Peter Morden, Wale Hudson-Roberts, Kang-San Tan, Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed, Doreen Morrison, Ruth Moriarty and others.