The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded to encourage the study and research of hymnody. In addition to this primary aim it also strives to promote a high standard of hymn-singing and to encourage the use of hymns in worship. Its main publication is The Bulletin which is published four times a year, and it also publishes ‘Occasional Papers’ which contain longer articles. Its current honorary president is Rowan Williams, a former Archbishop of Canterbury.
One of the Society’s original aims was to facilitate the updating of John Julian’s A Dictionary of Hymnology. It provided support to this mammoth task from 1936 until 2013 when the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology was published.