Peter Nockles celebrated with published Festschrift

Peter Nockles stood in front of a historic building, wearing a full suit, and camera hanging from his neck.

St Cross alumnus and Member of Common Room Peter Nockles (DPhil Theology, 1978) has been celebrated with the publishing of a collection of essays known as a Festschrift.

The launch of the book Religion in Britain, 1660-1900: Essays in Honour of Peter B. Nockles, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, 97/1 (Spring 2021), edited by William Gibson and Geordan Hammond, was celebrated at an online event in June. The video from the launch is available here.

The special edition features articles on a range of topics connected to Peter's scholarship and networks, including the Church of England (particularly High Churchmanship and the Oxford Movement), Catholicism, Methodism and Church-State conflict relating to the Church of Ireland.

An expert on the Oxford Movement and the religious history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Nockles was employed at the John Rylands Library from 1979 to 2016. During this time he extended his scholarly generosity and friendship to countless researchers.

As recognition of Peter's work, in 2020, he was honoured with the annual lifetime achievement Gailliot Award

book cover 'the bulletin of the John Rylands library'

Peter studied Ecclesiastical History at St Cross College from 1977-80 before working as a librarian and curator at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and had visiting fellowships at the University of Notre Dame, University of Lund, and Oriel College, Oxford.

He has published over 90 articles, reviews and editions focusing primarily on early and modern religious history, especially the history of Anglicanism, English Catholicism, Protestant Nonconformity and Methodism. He is also the author of 'The Oxford Movement in Context: Anglican High Churchmanship in Britain, 1760-1857' (CUP, 1994) and Oxford Handbook.


Image: Manchester University Press