General Synod Board of Mission and Unity

Reference code(s): GB 0105 BMU
Held at: Church of England Record Centre
Domain: archival
Title: General Synod Board of Mission and Unity
Date(s) of contents: 1929-1994
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 4.2 cubic metres: volumes and files


Name of creator(s): Church of England | General Synod: Board for Mission and Unity | 1972-

Administrative/Biographical history: The Board was set up as an advisory committee of the General Synod in January 1972 to continue the work formerly undertaken by the Missionary and Ecumenical Council of the Church Assembly. The functions specified by the Board's constitution included: interpreting the nature and extent of the Church's responsibilities in the fields of mission and unity; to be a link between General Synod and other churches and missionary societies; to be a link between General Synod and various ecumenical councils and conferences.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The archive was transferred to the Church of England Record Centre with the records of the General Synod, however the date of acquisition is unknown.


Scope and content/abstract: The Archive comprises the administrative records of the Board and its committees, including the Executive Committee, the Home Committee, the Faith and Order Advisory Group, the Committee on Roman Catholic Relations and the Inter-Faith Consultative Group. The archive also contains the papers of the Mission Theological Advisory Group, appointed jointly by the Board and Partnership for World Mission. The records include minutes, financial papers, reports, correspondence, publications and photographs.

System of arrangement: The archive has been divided into seven sections: The Board and its Committees; the Anglican Communion; Missionary Papers; Ecumenical Papers; Relations with the British Council of Churches; Relations with the World Council of Churches; Overseas Papers.


Language: English

Conditions governing access: For access to the material pending cataloguing, please send an enquiry to the Church of England Record Centre. Please see CERCís institution listing for contact details.

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Finding aids: This description is currently the only one publicly available for the archive; a full catalogue will eventually be included on the online catalogue accessible from CERC's webpages.


Related material: For records of the bodies which preceded the Board for Mission and Unity, see the other Mundus collection entries for the Church of England Record Centre. Material relating to the Board and its successors is also held at Lambeth Palace Library.


Date(s) of descriptions: June 2013

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Church of England | General Synod: Board for Mission and Unity | 1972-