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Hymns Ancient and Modern take over Church House Bookshop


The Archbishops' Council is pleased to announce that Hymns Ancient & Modern, a Christian charity and publishing company responsible for SCM-Canterbury Press and the Church Times, has taken over Church House Bookshop, Great Smith Street, London.

Church House Bookshop, widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading Christian bookshops, will continue to trade under its existing name. The permanent staff of the bookshop have transferred to the new company.

The transfer of the bookshop does not involve Church House Publishing, which will continue as the publishing arm of the Archbishops' Council, producing a wide range of new titles each year.

Professor Peter Toyne, who chairs the Archbishops' Council's Publishing Board, said: "We are delighted that Hymns Ancient and Modern have been able to take over Church House Bookshop. They will continue to run it as one of the country's best Christian bookshops and to stock a full range of Church House Publishing publications and General Synod documents."

Andrew Moore, Chief Executive of Hymns Ancient & Modern, said: “We're very pleased to be able to confirm the transfer of the Church House Bookshop to the Hymns Ancient & Modern Group. This is an uncertain time for Christian bookselling, but Church House Bookshop has a tremendous reputation for reliability, and we're committed to seeing that reputation grow. We now plan to invest in the bookshop, to match modern technology with traditional models of customer service. The bookshop staff will continue to work hard in supplying a wide range of religious titles for its customers either in person, over the web or by post.”

The Archbishops' Council's decision to sell the bookshop followed a review by the Council and the Publishing Board. This concluded that, while the shop was an important outlet for the Council's publications, there was no fundamental reason why the Council itself should be running such a shop while others in the Christian bookselling sector would be better placed to do so.


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