A new 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



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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 in the 2020 issue are:


  • Neil Summerton, Porous Frontier or Hard Border? George Müller and Brethren Identity

  • Gordon W. Simmonds, Science and Medicine in the Exclusive Brethren

  • Timothy C. F. Stunt, John Townsend Trench (1834–1909)

  • Neil Dickson, ‘With hesitating heart’: William Blane (1858–1936)

  • Christina Evangelina Lawrence, Thomas Baird (1861–1932): Advocate of Mission

  • Roger Shuff Yatol, In Ruskin’s Shadow: Darbyite Brethren in Coniston 1895–1975

  • P. David Wilkin, Dr Walter Fisher, an Ilombaand the Spanish ’Flu Pandemic





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)

as well as the biography of Ernest and May Trenchard referred to above.


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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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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