Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)CEM
TitleRecords of the Christian Education Movement (and of its predecessor organisations)
Extent16 shelves (approx)
Date1902-c 1980
DescriptionRecords of Christian Education Movement, 1965-; and of the two predecessor organisations, the Institute of Christian Education at Home and Overseas, 1935-1965 and the Student Christian Movement in Schools, 1943-1965. These records include minutes of the organisations, administrative files and correspondence, printed material including pamphlets, leaflets and other publications.

The records also include minutes of the Association of Teachers of Religious Knowledge (the forerunner of the ICE), 1931-1934; and minutes and other papers of Federation of University Women's Camps for Schoolgirls (which amalgamated with and the Student Christian Movement in Schools), 1902-1964.
ArrangementThe archives are arranged by organisation:
Y = Student Christian Movement in Schools (which also includes some records of the Federation of University Women's Camps for Schoolgirls (FUWCS);
Z = Institute of Christian Education;
Q = Christian Education Movement
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered readers
Finding AidsThis collection is not catalogued but a temporary handlist is available as a pdf file. Click on the link in the document field below. A paper copy is also available in the Special Collections Department. Please address any enquiries about this collection to the Director of Special Collections.
Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistoryThe Christian Education Movement (CEM) was inaugurated at a service in St Margaret's Church, Westminster on 22 January 1965. The Movement was formed by combining two predecessor organisations whose work had increasingly overlapped: the Institute of Christian Education at Home and Overseas (ICE) and the Student Christian Movement in Schools (SCM in Schools). The ICE was founded in 1935 and it worked with teachers, education officials and clergy and ministers closely concerned with education to bring scholarly knowledge, skill and imagination to religious education. It also recruited teachers for schools and colleges overseas on a considerable scale.

The SCM in Schools was established as a separate body from the university Student Christian Movement in 1943. It was active at first mainly in grammar schools, amongst fifth and sixth formers at conferences during school time, school groups and holiday activities. However, after a few years, at the urging of some local education authorities and of many teachers, it began to work experimentally with younger boys and girls and in secondary modern schools.

Both these bodies were concerned with the same people, SCM in Schools increasingly with teachers and the ICE increasingly with pupils. Both had high academic ideals; neither claimed to be more than an ally of the teachers who carry out the principal responsibility in school; and both were international and interdenominational in scope. The two bodies therefore combined together to form the CEM in 1965 so as to provide a more effective and inclusive movement which was responsive both to young people at school and to Christian teachers and other adults working with young people.

The CEM recently combined in January 2002 with the National Christian Education Council (NCEC, formerly the National Sunday School Union) to form Christian Education in order to maximise the delivery of high quality training and resources for Christian educators and teachers of Religious Education in schools.
References: CEM Annual report, 1965/66; website of Christian Education ( ; accessed July 2002)
Custodial HistoryThe first deposit was made with Selly Oak Colleges Library by the Christian Education Movement in 1979 and subsequent additions have been received at regular intervals. The collection was transferred to the Orchard Learning Resources Centre which was opened in 1997 following the merger of the Selly Oak Colleges Library and the Westhill College Library. In 2000, the custodianship of all archive collections held at the Orchard Learning Resources Centre was transferred to the University of Birmingham
Related MaterialThe records of the Student Christian Movement, include material relating to work amongst schools, including administrative files of the Schools Department and records of the University Camps for Boys (GB 0151 DA1). The Special Collections Department has recently acquired the records of National Christian Education Council (formerly the National Sunday School Union) (GB 0150 NCEC)