Church of England Records

Span Dates: 1922-2000
Bulk Dates: 1953-1997
Volume: scattered


The archives of the Church of England holds reports, board papers, correspondence, committee, personal papers, press releases, and publication files that can be found with the search term "homosexuality." These materials are scattered throughout the archives in various series/fonds.

Hist/Bio Note

The Church of England, the established Church, played a role in shaping the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which decriminalized homosexuality. However, its seemingly progressive stance were overshadowed by later debates on homosexuality in the 1970s. It does not bless same sex unions or ordain non-celibate homosexual priests . The Anglican Communion has struggled to unite provinces across the globe since the 1990s.

Finding Aid

There is not a finding aid, but a catalog search is available at the following url. Queries can be directed to archives@churchofengland.org


Church of England Record Centre Lambeth Palace Library 15 Galleywall Road South Bermondsey London England SE16 3PB


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