CFP: The Church and the Law

Ecclesiastical Historical Society Winter Meeting 2018-19: The Church and the Law

Submission deadline: October 31, 2018

Conference date(s): January 12, 2019

Conference Venue: Ecclesiastical History Society, Malet Street, United Kingdom

This theme addresses the legal issues and legal consequences underlying relations between secular and religious authorities in the context of the Christian church, from its earliest emergence within Roman Palestine as a persecuted minority sect through to the period when it became legally recognised within the Roman empire, its many institutional manifestations in East and West throughout the middle ages, the reconfigurations associated with the Reformation and Counter- Reformation, the legal and constitutional complications (such as in Reformation England or Calvin’s Geneva), and the variable consequences of so-called secularisation thereafter. On many occasions in recent years, moreover, we have been confronted with contemporary discrepancies, contradictions, and even rejection of secular laws, modern social mores or social attitudes. What were the legal consequences and implications of the Reformation, (including the confiscation and restitution of property), of the French wars of religion; the French Revolution; the political transformations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Are there particular influences on the formation of ecclesiastical law (the Bible, Roman law, national law codes)? The engagement of secular and religious authorities with the law and what that law actually comprised (Roman law, canon law, national laws, state and royal edicts) are further issues to be addressed. This is also a theme that requires the examination of the formation of bodies of law and how and why it became recognised as law. The formation of canon law is a case in point. There is also the problem of definition. How early, for example, can a ‘code of canon law’ be defined, and what are the processes by which opinion and conciliar decision became perceived as ‘law’? What light does the transmission and reception of ‘canon law’ throw on such questions?

Delegates are encouraged to range widely within the theme. Possible case studies might include:

–  court cases
–  legal challenges to authority
–  discussions of legal culture and legal practice
–  legally orchestrated clashes between secular and ecclesiastical law
–  legal documents of many kinds

For more information see:

British & Irish Sound Archives conference

The annual British & Irish Sound Archives (BISA) conference will take place this year at the National Library of Wales in beautiful Aberystwyth from 16-17 November.

Online registration is open for this year’s conference. Places are limited! To find details on how to register, see

Besides a fascinating set of presentations, a tour of the Welsh screen and sound archive, and excellent opportunities to network and meet friends and colleagues from audiovisual institutions, the library is set in a stunning location, overlooking the town of Aberystwyth and Cardigan Bay. And this year there is a separate full day of training on audio archiving, on Thursday 15 November.

The BISA registration fees have been kept as low as possible, and the National Library of Wales have graciously provided use of their auditorium and other facilities.

Both events can be booked on the same registration form. Registration fees should be paid on arrival at the Library.

BISA formed in 2006 as a forum to celebrate and share knowledge on the care and promotion of sound collections throughout the British Isles. Their annual conference is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about sound heritage to share skills, enthusiasm, special interests and experience.

Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants

Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants: Round 2 open for applications
The second round of the Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants programme is now open for applications. Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants is a funding programme supporting the cataloguing of archive collections across the UK. The programme aims to support archives services to make their uncatalogued archive collections accessible and available to all.
Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants is funded by the National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust and the Wolfson Foundation.
Further information, new guidance and FAQs and the link to the online application form are available on the website:
Anyone considering applying is strongly encouraged to contact the teams to discuss your project before submitting an application form. Please email us on to arrange an appointment at a convenient time.
The deadline for applications to phase 1 in this round will be Friday 7th December 2018.
Please get in touch with the Archives Revealed team for further information and support about the Archives Revealed programme.

Visiting Fellowships-Durham Residential Research Library

Fellowships for the academic year 2019–2020

The new Durham Residential Research Library is delighted to invite applications from researchers for Visiting Fellowships, from one to three months in duration. In addition, a series of named fellowships are available to work on particular collections or subject areas.

The Durham Residential Research Library aims to enable and foster research across the three historic collections of Durham – those held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College, and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. They include not only libraries, but also archives, collections of visual and material culture, and architectural assets. The purpose of the Visiting Fellowships is to support research into these globally significant collections.

Named Fellowships

In addition to the general scheme, there are several named visiting fellowship programmes. The Lendrum Priory Library Fellowships specifically support work on the surviving contents of Durham Cathedral’s medieval priory library. This collection is currently the focus of a large-scale digitisation project, Durham Priory Library Recreated. The Holland Visiting Fellowships support research into any of the collections held in Durham.

Fellows will be encouraged to work collaboratively with academic subject specialists, librarians, archivists and curators to realise the collections’ research potential, and to develop innovative research agendas. They will also be encouraged to participate in the life of the University, particularly its broad range of seminar series.


Applicants should submit a short CV together with a summary of the project and materials they propose to work on, and the expected publications or other outcomes (maximum two sides of A4). Applications should demonstrate a serious research interest that focuses on primary source material within the collections held at Durham. Applicants who plan to collaborate with Durham academic staff are especially welcome and should mention this in their application.

We aim to be flexible with fellowship dates – applicants should indicate their preferred dates and their preferred fellowship duration (i.e. one, two or three months). They should also indicate to which university department(s) and/or research centres their research most relates. Applications should be submitted by noon on 14 November 2018. We shall aim to notify successful candidates by early in December.

Fellows will be granted an honorarium of £1,800 per month towards their transport and subsistence costs. Self-catered ensuite study bedrooms at Ushaw College (3.5 miles from Durham city centre) will be available at a competitive rate. Please note that fellows will be expected to arrange their own travel. Fellowships will generally last for one month but can last up to a maximum of three months. Those applying are advised to consult with the relevant collections staff to ensure that the materials they wish to work with are available at the times of their visit.

Information about the collections can be found here:

Academic enquiries: Dr James Kelly

Please send applications to:

Training day: Wellbeing in the Workplace

Archives and Records Association‘s Preservation and Conservation Group is pleased to announce a training day to be held at Berkshire Record Office in Reading UK on 5th November 2018 10:30-15:30. The day will cover both physical and emotional elements of wellbeing in the workplace with talks and practical exercises from a Conservator, a Personal Trainer and a Stress Management and Relaxation Specialist. The day is open to any interested parties and will end with a tour of the Conservation Studio.

Places are £40 for ARA members and £50 for non-members (lunch not included). To see the full programme and to book a place please visit the training page on the ARA website or follow link below.

Exploiting Data-Demonstrating Impact training

A few places are remaining for the upcoming Exploiting Data – Demonstrating Impact training course, being delivered by Heidi Bellamy in Birmingham.
Event Details
30th October 2018 10am – 4:15pm
The Priory Rooms Bull Street Birmingham B4 6AF
Why should you attend?
Whether trying to win support for your archive or developing a strategic plan it is crucial to use evidence, to compellingly demonstrate the impact of your service; this course will introduce a framework that will help you measure the impact of your work and demonstrate the difference you are making both internally and externally, this will include using data that you already have at your fingertips. The second half of the course will focus on using this approach and other evidence to inform strategic decisions and build an evidence base to advocate for your service and influence decision makers.
This course will introduce a framework that will help you measure the impact of your work/projects and demonstrate the difference you are making.
The second half of the course will focus on using this approach and other evidence to inform strategic decisions and build an evidence base to advocate for your service and influence decision makers.
Who is it for?
This course is for everyone working in the archive sector including, public, independent and voluntary organisations, HE, businesses and all others with an interest in preserving our national heritage, supporting our information economy and strengthening the culture sector.
This course is particularly suited to those who have strategic planning, influencing, direction setting within their job description.
Learning objectives:
Introduce and explain the Logic Model, so that you have a robust framework you can use to measure the outcomes of your work against.
Understand where you can draw data from and how to use it (CIPFA stats, PSQG data, Google analytics, SCONUL Annual Library Statistics, Taking Part). It will also help you identify which other sources of data are most useful for your organisation.
Give you the confidence to demonstrate value and accountability to your wider organisation, partners, potential funders and the public.
Understand how using an evidence based approach can enhance planning, advocacy and fundraising.
Course preparation:
Please bring your corporate or organisational plan and service plan, as these will be useful for the practical exercise linked to the morning session on the Outcomes Framework.  You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with this resource in advance.
To be delivered by:
Heidi Bellamy Culture First
Heidi is experienced in strategic planning and policy development, she has an MA in Cultural Leadership and is an Associate Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.  Heidi is also a recognised Shared Service Practitioner SS(PRAC) and is equipped with a range of tools and techniques to drive forward and support collaboration.
Catering:          A light lunch will be provided, please let us know of any dietary requirements in advance.