Records of the United Reformed Church Society of the University of Nottingham,1961-1981

Scope and Content

The collection contains a number of distinct series, covering the business and activities of thesociety over a twenty year period. The principal series are:

  • Minute books. 1961-1981 (UN UU 12/1);
  • Constitutional papers. 1979-1980 (UN UU 12/2);
  • Term programmes. 1975-1981 (UN UU 12/3);
  • Photocopies of circulars and publicity material. 1970-1981 (UN UU 12/4);
  • Financial statement. 1981 (UN UU 12/5);
  • Occasional papers relating to the Society in the 1979-1980 session, including items ofcorrespondence, notes about the Society and reference to its members. (UN UU 12/6);
  • Papers relating to missions. 1961-1966 (UN UU 12/7);
  • Papers relating to church groups in the university generally, including the Christian Associationand Christian Union, and programmes for joint meetings of the Universities PresbyterianCongregational Societies. 1966-1979 (UN UU 12/8).

Administrative / Biographical History

Notice of the Presbyterian-Congregational Society first appears in the University of NottinghamStudents' Handbook in 1959. In its early years, the Society met on Sundays at CastlegateCongregational Church Hall in Nottingham for tea and a talk by a visiting speaker. Evening serviceswere then held at Castlegate and St. Andrew's (Presbyterian) churches. Groups also met in the roomsof student members in halls on campus.

In 1971, the Congregational and English Presbyterian churches joined to form the United ReformedChurch. The university's Society changed its name in 1973 to reflect this development.

From the beginning of the 1979/1980 academic year, the Society merged with the William Carey(Baptist) Society to form the United Reformed Baptist Society. The merger was caused partly by theabsence of a full-time chaplain on campus which resulted in reliance on students to run the Society.This was made difficult by a fall in the number of members, and the commitment of existing membersto other groups, such as the Christian Union. The new Society lasted less than three years. The lastannual general meeting was held in February 1981. A pessimistic forecast was minuted about theSociety's ability to recruit sufficient students in the 1981 Freshers' Week to sustain its futureactivities.


The collection has been divided by document type into series. Within these series, items havebeen arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers;restrictions may apply to some modern papers.


Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advancein writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts in July1982.