Title ID 473Collection ID20
TitleThe Lambeth Conference 1948
CollectionHastings Film Collection
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeCommemoration Working Life
KeywordsBuildings Ethnic Groups Clothing Religious Activities Religious Festivals Urban Areas
LocalLondon Canterbury Croydon
RegionalGreater London Kent Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSPCK Publishing & Sheldon Press
ProducerSPCK [Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge]
ParticipantsGeoffrey Francis Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth (Archbishop of Canterbury); Mrs Rosamond Fisher; Bishop Yashiro (Japan); Percy Jones; Archbishop Howard Mowll (Sydney Australia)
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration12 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film made by SPCK [Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge] of the 1948 Lambeth Conference. The film contains intertitles.


Three hundred and twenty-six Archbishops and Bishops have gathered for the 1948 Lambeth Conference. The Conference begins in Canterbury where the Anglican Church leaders process into the Cathedral. Stonemasons are at work on the Cathedral's facade. Returning to London, the Archbishops and Bishops congregate in Lambeth Palace. The camera films interior shots of the Palace, but protocol means that it leaves the Great Hall before the meeting begins. On a different day The Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher and his wife receive their guests at a garden party. The Conference continues with a service at St Paul's Cathedral - the congregation are filmed leaving the Cathedral in rainswept conditions. The Conference ends with a visit to Buckingham Palace - the Archbishops and Bishops arrive on foot and by car. Bishop Perry Jones ends the event in Croydon where the International Language Club present him with a crosier.


A still from 'The Lambeth Conference 1948' - A group of clergymen and their wives