BAHN is pleased to announce the publication of its latest Studies in Brethren History: From Friends to Brethren: The Howards of Tottenham—Quakers, Brethren, and Evangelicals by Gerald West (271 pp.)

 The Howards were longstanding Quakers and were at the leading edge of science early in the nineteenth century—Luke Howard was the first to classify clouds and his nomenclature remains with us; and his son, John Eliot Howard, greatly advanced the pharmaceutical processes that made quinine, the only reliable treatment for malarial fever, widely available for medical use. Gerald West’s narrative, which is grounded in extensive research, focuses on key members of the family as they made the transition from Quaker commitment in the eighteenth century to the Brethren movement in the 1830s and 1840s. His study of the Howard family of Tottenham (now part of London) and Ackworth in Yorkshire offers an illuminating perspective on how particular religious convictions, once adopted by some family members, can spread throughout, and bind, the kinship group. It illustrates the role that extended family played in the development of thought and cultural practice in nineteenth-century Britain and it sheds light on the development of evangelicalism during the nineteenth century, as refracted through the lens of this branch of the Howard family.

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BAHN encourages the study and writing of the history of the Brethren movement. 

The aims of the BAHN are:

  • To support the development of archives of the history of the Christian Brethren, the deposit of material in such archives and to make their resources better known.
  • To encourage research into Brethren history world-wide, to assist those writing on such topics and to encourage cooperation, and greater understanding of the development of the movement.
  • To support the publication and circulation of historical works on the Brethren, and to increase awareness of them.

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Brethren Historical Review

We publish an annual periodical, the Brethren Historical Review. You can view articles from past volumes by clicking here.




Some of the articles for the 2015 issue are:

  Mirjam Hofman From Sectarians to Apocalyptics: Descriptions of the Brethren by Dutch Theologians and Church Historians

 The Minor Sects of London [a reprint from The Spectator of 1899]

 Norman S. Macdonald, Developments in the Churches of God, 1892–1980

 Peter Lineham, The 1956 Auckland Crisis in the Exclusive Brethren and the Shaping of Taylorism

 Obituary articles: Sir Fred Catherwood (1925–2014); Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2105): Accidental Brethren Missionary?





You can subscribe to the journal and the Studies in Brethren History books by downloading a subscription form here. A subscription also enrols you as a member of BAHN.





International Brethren History Conferences

We organise a series of biennial conferences

The eighth International Brethren History Conference will be held at Maynooth University, Ireland, from 3-5 July 2017. As part of the confernece, it is hoped to have a tour of Dublin and environs visiting sites associated with the benginnings of the Brethren movement. 

As part of the conference, Dr Timothy Stunt will present a paper entitled 'John Nelson Darby's Ecclsiastical Identity'.

Papers given International Brethren History conferences have been published Studies in Brethren History.

For further information on the Conferences click here


  Studies in Brethren History


   BAHN has launched a series of books entitled Studies in Brethren History.


     1. The first of these was a reprint of Tim Grass's definitive modern history, Gathering to His Name: The Story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, then click here. 

2. The second is Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach Among the Brethren, edited by Tim Grass. For more information on this book, click here. For an order form, click here.

 3. The third is now out and is entitled Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren. For an order form, click here. If you live outside the UK, click here.

There is now also a subsidia series, and the first book in this series is Daniel J. Danielsen and the Congo: Missionary Campaigns and Atrocity Photographs by Oli Jacobsen. For an order form and information about this book, click here.

More information on these and other key books on Brethren history can be found on this website in Further reading. Several of these new academic histories of the Brethren appear in Paternoster Press's series, Studies in Evangelical History.


Joining BAHN

  • You can join BAHN by writing with a completed subscription form to BAHN Secretary, 1 Brands Row, Crossgates, Fife KY4 8DE, enclosing a cheque, payable to "Partnership (UK) Ltd", negotiable at a UK bank, for £15.
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This will entitle you to membership for a year, together with the annual issue of Brethren Historical Review and Studies in Brethren History as they appear. You can submit your details by clicking on this subscription form link.


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