Stuart Blanch Archive

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive includes Stuart Blanch's notes from his student days at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and notes for sermons, lectures, talks and speeches made while Bishop of Liverpool (1960-1966) and Archbishop of York (1975-1983). There are also hand written works on the Gospels and transcripts of various broadcasts and press articles.

Administrative / Biographical History

Stuart Blanch was an Anglican priest, bishop and archbishop. He became a committed Christian at the age of 31, while serving in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.He was ordained as a priest in 1949, and spent three years as a curate and five years as a vicar in and around Oxford where he had studied for the priesthood. He was vice principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford from 1957 to 1960, the founding head of Rochester Theological College from 1960 to 1966, Bishop of Liverpool from 1966 to 1975, and Archbishop of York from 1975 to 1983.

Blanch was evangelical in outlook, but gained the trust of high church Anglicans, and also of Roman Catholics and nonconformists. He was well known as a lecturer and published ten books, most of them scholarly and theological.

Conditions Governing Access

Please consult the Visitors webpage containing access information for external visitors. The archives and special collections are available for consultation by special appointment only. To arrange an appointment please email Special Collections. Allow at least 24 hours’ notice. Please note that, in line with other archives and special collections, we require personal identification, and may, in some circumstances, ask you to provide references from your research supervisor or other suitable person or body.

The collections are reference only and must be consulted in the Reading Room with the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian.

Acquisition Information

Liverpool Hope University received the archive from the estate of Archbishop Stuart Blanch in 2004.

Other Finding Aids

All items can be found on the Stuart Blanch Archive database available for download from the Archives and Special Collections webpage.

Archivist's Note

Created by Karen Backhouse (Special Collections Librarian, Archives and Special Collections) Liverpool Hope University in July 2014.

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