Papers of the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship

  • Reference
      GB 133 CBR
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      0.5 lm. 6 boxes, 766 items.
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of the papers of the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship between the years of 1963 and 1981. These papers include an extensive correspondence between various people concerning the Research Fellowship, as well as a variety of publications, journal articles, committee papers, official documents and related literature.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Christian Brethren Research Fellowship was founded in 1963 in order to encourage the study of the history and practices of the Brethren Movement. It arose out of Open Brethren groups, such as the Young Men's Bible Teaching Conferences and the Study Group on Church Principles, and aimed to make interest in Brethren history more widespread among it's members. It published a regular journal and organised a variety of conferences, seminars and meetings in order to allow for more research into the Christian Brethren and to hold discussion about where the modern movement was going. Despite this, the Fellowship was often considered to be somewhat secretive and never really achieved the wide membership that it had hoped for. In the early 1980s it began to focus more on contemporary church life than on research, and in 1984 the Fellowship became known as the Partnership movement. The historical and research side of the Fellowship was taken over by the Brethren Archivists' and Historians' Network.


This collection has been divided in to the following series:

  • Correspondence
  • Publications
  • Future publications
  • Agendas and minutes

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


None expected.

Related Material

The Christian Brethren collection at the University of Manchester Library holds the Partnership (UK) Ltd Archive (GB 133 PUK), as well as the complete collection of the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship Journal.

Partnership (UK) Ltd Archive GB 133 PUK

The Christian Brethren collection at the University of Manchester Library also holds the complete collection of the Christian Brethren Research Fellowship Journal.


Tim Grass, Gathering to his Name (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2007).