Bishops' Meetings records

Scope and Content

Minute books of the Bishops' Meetings, a gathering of diocesan and suffragan bishops in England and Wales, chaired by the archbishop of Canterbury, and held biannually. Until 1883 the Archbishop made only rough notes of the discussions and resolutions, but from May 1883 the Archbishop's chaplain kept formal minutes of the proceedings. The minute books also include the agenda, papers circulated to the Bishops, and reports presented at the meetings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bishops' Meetings were held biannually at Lambeth Palace from 1871. The meetings were chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and included diocesan and suffragan bishops in England and Wales.


Chronological series of minute books.

Conditions Governing Access

Records of Bishops' Meetings are subject to a fifty-year closure period.


Closure period agreed: see Library records LR/14/17.

Other Finding Aids

List of the records of the Bishops' Meetings 1871-1965 (typescript). BM 9 comprises an index of subjects discussed May 1883-February 1929.

Conditions Governing Use



Related Material

Archbishops' papers.