School of Divinity

Mundus Project

The culmination of this project was the creation of a web-based guide to more than 400 collections of missionary materials in over 40 institutions in the UK.

This three-year project, funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme, aimed to improve and facilitate access to missionary collections throughout the United Kingdom. The project ran from 1999-2002.


The Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World was a partner in the Mundus project.

Other major partners were:

  • Angus Library, Regent's Park College, Oxford
  • Cambridge University Library
  • Edinburgh University Library
  • Rhodes House Library (Archive of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London
  • University of London Computer Centre

Resources and achievements

During the course of the project 90 previously unlisted collections of papers (Edinburgh and Birmingham) and some 40,000 photographs (London and Oxford) were catalogued.

On-line catalogues were created for major archival collections such as:

  • the British and Foreign Bible Society (Cambridge)
  • the Church Missionary Society (Birmingham)
  • more than 15,000 printed books relating to mission studies (Birmingham and London)

Measures were also taken to improve the physical storage of fragile materials and to carry out conservation work on badly affected documents.

Web-based guide

The culmination of the project has been the creation of a web-based guide (the Mundus Gateway) to more than 400 collections of missionary materials in over 40 institutions in the United Kingdom.

This webguide has been created and developed in the University of London where it will continue to be maintained.