Library move updates

April 2018 Update

On the 6th April 2018, the final boxes from Dunstable were moved to the library’s new home at the Evangelical Library at Bounds Green, London. However we have not completed cataloguing the items into their new locations. This brings to a close 34 happy years of the library based at Dunstable Baptist chapel, for which we have been very grateful for the church’s generous support.

March 2018 Update

On the 24th March 2018, we completed the transfer of the remainder of books and the complete collection of chapel and organisation archives (records and minute books etc.) contained in over 200 archive storage boxes. However, our library is not fully catalogued in its new home yet and some items will not be accessible until a further update is published here. If you are interested in the availability of a specific item please contact our librarian.

September 2017 Update

Most of our books have now been moved to the Evangelical Library, however, please be aware it will take a little time before they are accessioned and available in their new home. We are now working on collating and boxing our pamphlets and magazines before their move.

July 2017 Update

Emptying shelves at Dunstable

Leaving Dunstable

Our library is now on the move from Dunstable to the Evangelical Library at Bounds Green, London. It is now important that you check in advance with the SBHS Library at Dunstable to see if the materials you require are currently available for viewing. It is expected it will take several months for the move to be completed.

May 2017 Update

On 15 May 2017 an agreement was signed between the Society to loan our library to the Evangelical Library at Bounds Green, London. Our materials will be segregated in their new home and the Society will continue its work of collecting and extending the stock of our library. We will also continue with our other interests of research, publications and education through our annual lecture and special events.

This arrangement will provide enhanced facilities for our members, readers and researchers, in particular, extended opening hours.

The actual process of transferring stock will be in stages from summer 2017. In the meantime, users should continue to use the online catalogue on our website and contact the SBHS Library at Dunstable in the normal way prior to any visit.

It is possible that some materials may be temporarily unavailable whilst the move is in progress. We will publish significant updates on this page.

The SBHS Library commenced in 1960 and has been located at Dunstable Baptist Chapel since 1984.

The First World War and the Strict Baptist communities

‘Amid this gigantic sorrow’ The First World War and the Strict Baptist communities

by Dr Kenneth Dix and Judith James

Amid this gigantic sorrow

Amid this gigantic sorrowHow did churches react to the First World War, and how did the war affect them? Why did the Pastor of a Strict Baptist church get sent to Dartmoor Prison? How did soldiers from a strict religious background cope with the war?

In 1914 there were about 600 Strict Baptist churches. From 1914 to 1918, the pages of the Strict Baptists’ magazines included not only the usual sermons, spiritual writings and details of church anniversaries, but also comments on the war, details of soldiers who had enlisted from the churches, and letters and memoirs from those soldiers.

With a foreword by John Briggs, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham, Past President of the Baptist Historical Society.

Paperback, published 2018
132 pages
ISBN: 978 0 903 166461
Price £9.50 + £2.00 p&p

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Foreword by John Briggs
Kenneth Dix

Strict Baptists in the Early Twentieth Century: an Introduction
Prologue to War
The Coming of War
Prayer Meetings
The Progress of War and the Churches
The Magazines
The Churches
Strict Baptist Societies in Wartime
The Strict and Particular Baptist Society
The Missions
Other Societies
Sunday Work
Provision for the Troops
Conscientious Objectors – and Ministers
The Work of the Northern Union
Joint Efforts
Rolls of Honour
Letters Home
The End of the War
And Afterwards

Appendix 1: Kenneth Dix’s Assessment
Appendix 2: Families and Occupations