Records of The Salvation Army UK and Ireland Territorial Headquarters

Scope and Content

The records of the Salvation Army's UK and Ireland Territorial Headquarters include the following collections:

  • • Candidates Department, 1880-2003
  • • Chief Secretary's Office, 1907-1998
  • • Communications Department, 1888-2014
  • • Corps Records, 1880s-2010s
  • • Divisional Records, 1880s-2000s
  • • Evangelism Department (formerly the Field Department), 1883-2004
  • • Finance Department, 1910s-1998
  • • Goodwill Department (formerly the Slum and Goodwill Department), 1890-1986
  • • International Development Office, 2005-2016
  • • Photographic and Exhibition Unit, 1967-2009
  • • Property and Facilities Service, 1933-2003
  • • Red Shield Services (formerly the Naval and Military League), 1896-1999
  • • Social Services Department, 1892-2012
  • • Staff Department, twentieth century
  • • Territorial Commander's Office, 1893-2015
  • • Women's Ministries, 1990-1999
  • • Youth Department, 1890-2005

The records of some departments have been fully catalogued; others are awaiting formal arrangement. See online catalogue or enquire for details.

Administrative / Biographical History

The foundation of the United Kingdom Territory dates from the earliest formation of The Salvation Army - prior to the adoption of that title in 1878 - when in July 1865 William Booth took charge of a mission in the East End of London. Some UK corps were first established as Christian Mission stations. Salvation Army work in Ireland began in Belfast in 1880.

Throughout the Army's history, work in these geographical areas has been organised in a variety of forms and territories, but before 1990 these were all part of International Headquarters administration. However, in 1990 a restructuring occurred and today the UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland (UKI) is separate from International Headquarters and under a single command like the Army's other territories. It is led by a Territorial Commander who is assisted by a Chief Secretary.

UKI Territory belongs to the Army's Europe Zone and includes the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UKI Territorial Headquarters are located at 101 Newington Causeway, London.

Access Information

Partially available for research. Some files are closed under the Data Protection Act or to protect sensitive content. Please enquire for details. Open files can be viewed in the reading room of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, open Tue-Fri 9.30-4.00. It is advisable to make an appointment as material may be stored offsite. Tel: 0207 326 7800; email:

Other Finding Aids

Multi-level descriptions of some Territorial Headquarters collections can be accessed in the International Heritage Centre's online catalogue: Paper catalogues are available in the reading room of the International Heritage Centre.

Custodial History

Transferred directly from UK Territorial Headquarters departments to Heritage Centre.