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Archives of the Moravian Church - British Province

Over the last two hundred and sixty years the British Province of the Moravian Church has accumulated a considerable archival collection, consisting of approximately four hundred boxes of material, as well as a library of around 3800 printed books, which is now housed in Moravian Church House, Muswell Hill, London.


What we hold in the Archives

The archival material consists of: records relating to certain congregations, particularly those that are no longer active; mission records, including material relating to the Society for the Furtherance of the Gospel (SFG); Synod minutes and resolutions, and records of the administrative bodies of the Province, the Moravian Union and Unitas Estates.
The library contains printed books relating to the history of the Church, both in Britain and abroad, biographies, Moravian hymn and tune books and theology. There are also a number of periodicals published by Provinces from all over the world.



Where to find us

The archive is situated at Moravian Church House in Muswell Hill, North London and is accessible by public transport.


From London main-line stations take the Underground to Finsbury Park (on the Victoria and Piccadilly Lines). Then, from Wells Terrace outside the station, take either the W3 or W7 bus to the bottom of Muswell Hill.

Opening Hours:
 The archive is open on Mondays and Tuesdays between 10.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Other days (excluding weekends) may be available upon request to the archivist.

Moravian Church House, 5 Muswell Hill, London N103TJ

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Supporting the Archives

There are a few ways in which you can help to support and become more involved with the Archives: volunteer work, financial donations to support the work, and donating collections.

Volunteer Work
We welcome the opportunity from people who would like to get more involved with the Archives and the Church’s history, and this could include projects such as:

  • Preservation of photographs, documents, books, etc.
  • Making digital images of our collection
  • Helping to identify photographs
  • Indexing church registers or other archives

Anyone who is interested in offering their time and expertise in a voluntary capacity should contact the Archives to discuss possible projects.

Friends of the Archive
Our library and archive are a unique resource and one that we are keen to improve and develop. Recent years have seen the installation of movable shelving in the basement archive, a humidity and temperature control system in the library and the repacking of the archival material in acid-free materials. Funding was obtained for a project archivist to catalogue the major collections still held in some congregations possession.

However, there is so much more to be done!  As with many private collections, raising money is always a stumbling block.

The Friends of the Archive was formed to support the work of the library and archive mainly by raising funds for conservation work, the acquisition of new material, transcription of documents, purchase of specialist equipment etc., and to seek external sources of funding. We hope that the Friends of the Library will be able to offer support for the work of maintaining and making known the rich collection held at Moravian Church House.

Please join the Friends of the Library and pledge your support.

Donating Collections
The Archives collects anything that records the history of the Moravian Church: Church records and accounts, personal papers, publications, photographs, etc.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any relevant items that you would like to deposit with the Archives.



Useful websites

Other Moravian Archives


For records of the Unity Archives please contact:

Unitätsarchiv

Zittauer Str. 24

(Postfach 21)

02747 Herrnhut

Germany


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Website: www.archiv.ebu.de


For records of the Northern Province of America (Bethlehem) and of the East West Indies Province please contact:

Moravian Archives

41 W. Locust Street

Bethlehem

Pennsylvania (PA) 18018

USA


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Website: www.moravianchurcharchives.org


For records of the Southern Province of America (Winston-Salem) please contact:

Moravian Archives

457 S. Church Street

Winston-Salem

North Carolina (N.C.) 27101

USA


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Website: www.moravianarchives.org


Reeves Library - Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary

1200 Main Street

Bethlehem

Pennsylvania (PA) 18018

USA


Website: www.home.moravian.edu/public/reeves/


The Moravian Music Foundation

20 Cascade Avenue

Winston-Salem

North Carolina (NC) 27127


Website: www.moravianmusic.org


Moravian Archives held elsewhere in Britain


Records of the Moravian Church at Bedford (St. Peters) please contact:


Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service

County Hall

Cauldwell Street

Bedford

MK42 9AP


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Website: www.bedfordshire.gov.uk/archive


Records of the Moravian Church at Bristol (Maudlin Street) please contact:


University of Bristol Information Services: Special Collections

Arts and Social Sciences Library

Tyndall Avenue

Bristol

BS8 1TJ


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Website: www.bris.ac.uk/is/services/specialcollections/


Records of the Moravian Churches at Baildon, Gomersal, Horton, Lower Wyke, and Wellhouse please contact:


West Yorkshire Archive Service (Bradford)

Bradford Central Library

Prince’s Way

Bradford

BD1 1NN


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Website: www.archives.wyjs.org.uk


Records of the Methodist Archives and the Moravian Church Manuscripts (Libbey Collection) please contact:


John Rylands University Library of Manchester: 
Special Collections

Oxford Road

Manchester

M13 9PP


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Website: www.rylibweb.man.ac.uk


Other useful links


The Moravian Historical Society

214 E. Center Street

Nazareth

Pennsylvania (PA) 18064

USA


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Website: www.moravianhistoricalsociety.org


The Centre for Moravian Studies
60 W. Locust Street

Bethlehem

Pennsylvania (PA) 18018

USA


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Website: www.moravianseminary.edu/center/


 


For further information regarding the archive, or to organise a visit, please contact the archivist via e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.