Clergy of the Church of England database

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The Clergy of the Church of England database (CCEd) is an online database of clergy of the Church of England between 1540 and 1835.

Clergy leaders within certain religions

Clergy are some of the main and important formal leaders within certain religions. The roles and functions of clergy vary in different religious traditions but these usually involve presiding over specific rituals and teaching their religion's doctrines and practices. Some of the terms used for individual clergy are clergyman, clergywoman and churchman. Less common terms are churchwoman, clergyperson and cleric.

Church of England Anglican state church of England

The Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor. The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.


The database project began in 1999 with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and is ongoing as a collaboration between King's College London, the University of Kent and Durham University. As of September 2014, the database contained nearly 1.5 million evidential records about the careers of Church of England clergy, and the public version of the database had information on over 155,000 individuals. [1]

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) was established in April 2005 as successor to the Arts and Humanities Research Board and is a British research council; non-departmental public body that provides approximately £102 million from the government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes approximately 700 research awards and around 1,350 postgraduate awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded.

Kings College London public research university located in London, United Kingdom

King's College London is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a founding constituent college of the federal University of London. King's was established in 1829 by King George IV and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, when it received its first royal charter, and claims to be the fourth oldest university institution in England. In 1836, King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. In the late 20th century, King's grew through a series of mergers, including with Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology, the Institute of Psychiatry, the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery.

University of Kent public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom

The University of Kent is a semi-collegiate public research university based in Kent, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1965 and is recognised as a Beloff's plate glass university. The University was granted its Royal Charter on 4 January 1965 and the following year Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent was formally installed as the first Chancellor.

Notable people

The CCEd has had three joint-directors since 1999:

Arthur Burns is professor of modern British history and from 2014 to 2017 was Vice-Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King's College London. In 2017 he was appointed academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme at King's. Burns specialises in the history of English religion since the mid-eighteenth century, and particularly the history of the Church of England. Burns co-founded and co-edits the Boydell and Brewer monograph series Studies in Modern British Religious History. He received his undergraduate degree and doctorate from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and from 2012-16 was its Vice President (Education), overseeing policy on the teaching of History in both schools and universities; he previously served as one of its Literary Directors. In 2016 he was appointed President of the Church of England Record Society, and was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Historical Association in 2015.

The technical research was supervised by Harold Short, Director of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College London. [1]

Harold Short is Emeritus Professor of King’s College London. He founded and directed the Centre for Computing in the Humanities until his retirement (2010). He was involved in the development with Willard McCarty of the world's first PhD programme in Digital Humanities (2005), and three MA programmes: Digital Humanities, Digital Culture and Society, and Digital Asset Management.

Department of Digital Humanities, Kings College London

The Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) is an academic department and research centre in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King's College London. DDH counts amongst the "most visible" digital humanities centres worldwide, with particular expertise in XML technologies, structured data and prosopography, mapping and GIS, and user interface innovation.

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