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10 October 2022

Professor of Modern British History wins education and scholarship award

Professor Arthur Burns from the Department of History has been awarded the Lanfranc award by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lanfranc Awards

Presented as part of the Lambeth Awards, the Lanfranc award is given to an individual as recognition of their dedication to education and scholarship within the Church of England and wider society. 

The award was presented to Professor Burns for his outstanding contribution to the study of the history of the modern Church of England during a service of Evening Prayer at Lambeth Palace on 26 September 2022. 

His work includes; pioneering public online resource, the Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (developed in association with colleagues at King’s Digital Lab and its predecessors), contributing to scholarship on the Church of England as a founding council member of the Church of England Record Society, later serving as its president, and an academic leader of the innovative Arts and Humanities Research Council/Diocese of London project, Building on History: The Church in London, which sought to enable London parishes to better understand their modern history and its implications for their futures.

“I was both delighted and honoured to receive this award from the archbishop. Much of my research and teaching seeks to explore the continuing significance of religion —and the Church of England in particular — in British history from the eighteenth century onwards, and to encourage both those within and those outside the Church to understand the legacy of that history, warts and all, as a context for addressing contemporary challenges. In this way I believe I have been able to contribute to King’s mission to put its research at the service of society, in particular our local communities in London.’

Professor Arthur Burns, Professor of Modern British History