RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 4003-4095
Extent93 files
TitleIndustrial Christian Fellowship
Arrangement4003-16. Navvy Mission Society/ICF Executive Committee
4017-19. Navvy Mission Society/ICF Annual General Meeting
4020-31. Navvy Mission Society/ICF Finance Committee
4032-41. Christian Social Union/ICF
4042-45. ICF Council
4046-63. ICF Sub-Committees
4064-65. Council of Christian Ministers on Social Questions
4066. Committee of the Christian Churches on Gambling
4067. Constitution
4068-72. Policy and Management
4073-76. Staff
4077-78. ICF Branches
4079-80. Local Industrial Missions
4081. Overseas Contacts
4082-85. Study Groups, Services and other Activities
4086. General Strike of 1926
4087-88. Memorial Funds
4089. Publicity and Press cuttings
4090-91. Histories
4092-95. Photographs
AdminHistoryThe Industrial Christian Fellowship had its origin in the Navvy Mission Society, founded by Elizabeth Garnett in 1877 to work amongst railway construction workers. Under the leadership of Prebendary P.T.R. Kirk it was reconstituted in 1919 as the Industrial Christian Fellowship, and in the following year it absorbed the Christian Social Union (founded in 1889 by Henry Scott Holland). The Fellowship aimed to promote Christian values in the workplace through evangelism and teaching, perhaps its best-known missioner being G.A. Studdert-Kennedy or 'Woodbine Willie', the ICF Messenger in the 1920s. Supporters included captains of industry, politicians and social reformers, and in 1941 the ICF convened the Malvern Conference on 'The Life of the Church and the Order of Society', chaired by William Temple, then Archbishop of York. The Fellowship changed its name to the Industry Churches Forum in 1995.

Publications of interest:
Dog-collar democracy: the Industrial Christian Fellowship 1919-29, by G. Studdert-Kennedy, 1982.
Kingdom and Commonwealth: the Christian Social Union and its legacy to radical social thought in the Church of England, 1889-1941 by J. Pinnington, 1997.
AcquisitionThe records were presented by Industry Churches Forum in 1996 and 1998.
RelatedMaterialThe following items have been transferred to the Department of Printed Books:
Christian Social Union Annual Report.
Maurice Hostel Annual Report.
Navvy Mission Society/ICF Annual Report.
Navvy Mission Society/ICF Quarterly.
Miscellaneous ICF orders of service and other publications.

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978Industrial Christian Fellowship; 1919-1919-
NA2831Navvy Mission Society; 1877-19191877-1919
NA2832Christian Social Union; 1889-19201889-1920
DS/UK/5773Malvern Conference; 1941-1941-
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