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Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

Salvation Army UK Territorial Headquarters


Reference code(s): GB 2133 THQ

Held at: Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

Title: Salvation Army UK Territorial Headquarters

Date(s): 1880-2013

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: c240 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Salvation Army


Administrative/Biographical history:

The foundation of the UK territory dates from the earliest formation of The Salvation Army - prior to the adoption of that title in 1878 - when in July 1865 William Booth took charge of a mission in the East End of London. Some UK corps were first established as Christian Mission stations.

Throughout the Army's history, work in this geographical area has been organised in a variety of forms and territories, but before 1990 these were all part of International Headquarters administration. However, in 1990 a restructuring occurred and today the UK Territory is separate from International Headquarters and under a single command like the Army's other territories.

UK Territory belongs to the Army's Europe Zone and includes the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. UK Territorial Headquarters are located at 101 Newington Causeway, London.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the Salvation Army's UK Territorial Headquarters include the following collections:

Administrative Papers, twentieth century

Candidates department, 1880-2003

Corps Records, 1880s-2010s

Divisional Records, 1880s-2000s

Employment Plus UK, 2009

Emergency Services and Red Shield Defence Services, 1901-1999

Goodwill Department (formerly the Slum and Goodwill Department), 1890-1994

Men's Social Services, 1880s-1978

Photographic and Exhibition Unit, 1967-2009

Social Services Department, 1892-2012

Staff Department, twentieth century

Women's Social Work Department, 1887-1982

Youth Department, 1890-2005

The records of some departments have been fully catalogued; others are awaiting formal arrangement. See online catalogue or enquire for details.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

See Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Partially available for research. Some files are closed under the Data Protection Act or to protect sensitive content. Please enquire for details. Open files can be viewed in the reading room of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, open Tue-Fri 9.30-4.00. It is advisable to make an appointment as material may be stored offsite. Tel: 0207 326 7800; email:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Contact the Archive for further information.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred directly from UK Territorial Headquarters departments to Heritage Centre.



Archivist's note: Description by Ruth Macdonald, December 2013

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: EAD into AIM25 October 2014


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