Correspondence and other material relating to the decision by the Society of Friends to subscribe to the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, collected by Stuart Woodhouse

Scope and Content

Comprises correspondence, notes, drafts and offprints of articles and statements, minutes, newsletters, and a small collection of printed books and pamphlets

Administrative / Biographical History

Stuart John Woodhouse was born at Tulse Hill in London in 1928 and was educated at Sidcot School, 1940-1945, and the Royal Academy of Music, 1945-1947. He attended Goldsmiths College from 1949 to 1952 and obtained a 1st Class Teacher's Certificate in 1951, and followed a career teaching handicrafts from 1952 to 1980. (In 1955 he became a registered Gold and Silversmith.) From 1980 onwards he worked as an engineer. He married Catherine Margaret Airey in 1952. He was a member of Ilkley Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends and in the late 1980s he became actively involved in the campaign against the controversial decision taken by the Society to subscribe to membership of the organisation, the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, which, in 1990, succeeded the British Council of Churches. (In 1999 the CCBI changed its name to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.) The failure of the campaign led to his eventual resignation from the Society of Friends. He died in 2001.


The correspondence has been arranged in alphabetical order

Access Information

Access is restricted: not to be consulted without the Librarian's permission

Acquisition Information

The gift of Catherine Woodhouse, widow of Stuart Woodhouse, 28 January 2002


In English