About RAG

William Booth College

William Booth College

The Religious Archives Group (RAG) is a voluntary association, founded in 1989, for anybody interested in the collection, preservation and use of religious archives, and personal papers of religious leaders, in the UK. This includes archives created and used by private organisations and individuals and those in public repositories.
We support the archives of all faith communities, including those of secularist organizations. We cover all forms of record, including digital media, which are preserved in the UK and which concern religion or irreligion, even if they relate to foreign countries.

The group aims to advance education, research, scholarship and stewardship by working, separately and collectively with others, to promote awareness of religious archives and enhanced levels of access to them and of collection care.

Use these pages to find out how we are run, how to join and how to get in touch with us. A leaflet about our work is available to download here: RAG Leaflet

2019 Conference

The 2019 conference of the topic ‘Religion and Architecure’ was held on 13th May.  A summary of the presentations can be found here.

Our new President

Following Dr Clive Field stepping down as RAG President earlier this year, the RAG Committee is delighted to announce that Professor John Wolffe has agreed to become the new RAG President.

Professor Wolffe is Professor of Religious History at the Open University who is an author and has been involved with various projects relating to religious history. This includes Building on History – a collaborative partnership in the London region, engaging with various faith groups to raise awareness of their unique histories.

We look forward to working with Professor Wolffe in promoting the importance of religious archives in the UK. His biography can be found at: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/jrw3

Rolling News

From Jeff: The Religious Archives Group will begin posting regular items on the website, whether they are news items or general interest. Further to the posting I made on the Religious Archives list server in the summer, our first item on our website is about the New England Company.

The New England Company was founded in 1649, becoming the first English Protestant missionary society. Originally called the ‘Society for the propagation of the gospel in New England and the parts adjacent in America’, its initial aim was to convert Native Americans to Christianity through the work of missionaries.

Please follow this link for the full article:



This link takes you to the directory page, which gives information on the location of principal archives of religious traditions and denominations originating in and relating to the United Kingdom, including the web site, where known to us.

Layout of this site

The table below lists all the pages on this, the RAG, website.  if you know the page you want, you can access it quickly, simply click on the name.

Please use the information on the 'Contact Us' page if you would like to get in touch with the RAG committee or webmaster. Comments here are not regularly checked.

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