Zoom Webinar Friday 21 October 2022

The Service of Giving:

Sir John Laing and his Trusts, 1922-2022

Alex McIlhinney

The speaker at our next webinar is Alex McIlhinney. Alex studied history at the University of Glasgow and University College, London, briefly taught history at the University of Leeds, and then followed a career in public service and in business.  He was a director of Stewards Company Limited for thirty-four years, and served twenty years on the Laing Trust committee, for the last seven as Chairman.

Many Brethren assemblies and associated bodies and other Christian organizations have benefitted from the Trust since its foundation. Alex has been working on the history of the Trust and his webinar will present his findings. There will be time for questions after Alex's talk.

The Webinar is free, bur registration is essential. To register, click on the link below:


Zoom Webinar Friday 21 October 2022

at 7pm (British Summer  Time).

BAHN Webinar 21 October 2022 Registration


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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Latest book in Studies in Brethren History





Brethren and Their Buildings is a photographic record of the structures used by all sections of the Brethren movement in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Containing almost 300 full-colour photographs, as well as explaining the buildings and the principles that lay behind their erection and ownership, the text discusses the history of the movement as well as many individual assemblies and their buildings.

A beautiful publication to have in its own right, the book would also would make a welcome gift to anyone who has an interest in the Brethren movement or in the use and  architecture of church buildings.  


1. Introduction 2. The Story of the Brethren Movement 3. Some Practical Considerations 4. Temporary and Prefabricated Buildings 5. Architectural Styles 6. Twentieth-Century Trends 7. Buildings Acquired from Other Denominations 8. Buildings Adapted from Other Uses 9. Location, Location, Location 10. Details and Decorative Elements 11. Names and Notice Boards 12. Interiors 13. Closed Halls 14. Some Personal Favourites



£22 + p&p from BAHN.

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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 in the 2021 issue are:

  • Timothy C. F. Stunt, James Pringle Riach (1797–1865) and other early Plymouth Brethren

  • R. B. Freeman and Douglas Wertheimer, Emily Gosse: A Bibliography

  • Cynthia Hill, ‘Servant of Christ and His People Everywhere’ George Cutting 1843-1934: His Life, Work, and Times

  • P. David Wilkin Deep in the Heart of Africa: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature on the Beloved Strip in Zambia

  • Ronaldo Magpayo, In Search of Meaning: A Contextual Interpretation of the Lord’s Supper from an Indigenous Filipino Perspective

  • Michael Schneider,New Writing on Brethren History



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.


  Studies in Brethren History


   BAHN has launched a series of books entitled Studies in Brethren History. Those published so far are:

1. Tim Grass's definitive modern history, Gathering to His Name: The Story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland

2. Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach Among the Brethren, edited by Tim Grass (2013)

3. Culture, Spirituality, and the Brethren edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2014)

4. Brethren and Mission: Essays in Honour of Timothy C. F. Stunt edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2016)

5. From Glasgow to Garenganze: Frederick Stanley Arnot and Nineteenth-Century African Mission by Ian Burness (2017) (published jointly with OPAL Trust and Echoes International)

5. Bible and Theology in the Brethren, edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2018)

6. The Bible and the Church, edited by Neil Dickson and Tom Marinello (2020) 

A subsidia series includes: 

Daniel J. Danielsen and the Congo: Missionary Campaigns and Atrocity Photographs by Oli Jacobsen (2014)

From Friends to Brethren: The Howards of Tottenham - Quakers, Brethren, and Evangelicals by Gerald West (2016)

Ernest and May Trenchard: Evangelical Mission in Franco's Spain (2019)


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.

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by email to neil.summerton@partnershipuk.org


Joining BAHN

  • You can join BAHN or renew your subscription by completing the online form. The subscription amounts are:
    • USA - £35 a year
    • UK - £25 a year
    • Rest of the world, other than USA and UK - £30 a year

There is a 50% discount for registered students.

  • Alternatively, you can join BAHN by writing with a completed subscription form to BAHN Secretary, 99 Wilton Street, Glasgow G20 6RD, UK. 

The subscription entitles you to membership for a year, together with the annual issue of Brethren Historical Review and volumes of Studies in Brethren History as they appear (our aim is one volume a year). 


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