Records of the missionary activity of the constituent churches of the URC are held by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. SOAS holds the records of the London Missionary Society, its successor the Council for World Mission and the Presbyterian Church of England Foreign Missions Committee.
URC History Society Collections, 1643-present
Held at Westminster College, these collections include material relating to the Presbyterian and URC traditions, early editions of the Westminster Confession of Faith, S W Carruthers’ collection of seventeenth century Parliamentary Fast sermons, some of Philip Doddridge’s letters and many early printed books in the Reformed tradition. Westminster College also holds historical yearbooks and magazines (the Presbyterian Messenger, and the Congregational, Presbyterian and Churches of Christ yearbooks), a series of published church histories, and a run of composite biographical files about Presbyterian ministers, which are invaluable to family and local history researchers.
Westminster College Archive, 1844-present
Westminster College was built in 1899 to house the Presbyterian Church of England’s theological college following its move from London to Cambridge. With the creation of the United Reformed Church in 1972, Westminster became one of the URC’s colleges, and is now a Resource Centre for Learning. The archive comprises the day-to-day records of Westminster College and some from its predecessor in London, and the books, papers, watercolours and photographs of Mrs Lewis and Mrs Gibson, scholars, explorers, and benefactors of the College in Cambridge. The library at the College contains a unique collection of hymnals spanning 300 years and an enormous range of books and journals on theology and the history of dissent and nonconformity.
Cheshunt Archive, 1768-1967
In 1967 Westminster College joined with Cheshunt College, the lineal descendant of the Countess of Huntingdon’s training college for ministers which was founded at Trevecca in 1768. The archive (held at Westminster College) includes the records of Cheshunt College, letters written to the Countess and some of her personal books.
Enquiries and access to our Collections
If you would like to find out more, or want to make an appointment to consult any of these collections, please use the contact details below:
URC History Society, Westminster College and Cheshunt archives
Helen Weller, Archivist (Mon, Wed, Thurs)
Cambridge CB3 0AA.
Phone: 01223 741084