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1936 : THE HYMN SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND

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.

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