The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology – an update of John Julian’s A Dictionary of Hymnology was completed and published. It was edited by J.R. Watson and Emma Hornby, and published as an online resource by the Canterbury Press following a launch conference at the University of Bristol in October 2013. Since John Julian’s supplement was published in 1907 several attempt had been made to update Julian’s work, but for various reasons these attempts never reached completion. Thus the 2013 publication represented the first successful attempt to update Julian’s work for over a century.
The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology – www.hymnology.co.uk – contains contributions from over 300 worldwide authors, several thousand articles, and over two million words. The launch conference was held over three days at the New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel and the Victoria Rooms at the University of Bristol. The conference concluded with a Festal Evensong at St Mary Redcliffe at which Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith preached.
Hymnology is a scholarly field which concerns itself with the study aspects of hymnody such as the textual history and characteristics of hymns, their musical history, the relationship between text and tune, and the cultural and religious contexts in which hymns exist.