A Brief History of the RRC

The Religious Resources Centre has existed in a number of different places, and has been referred to by a number of different names, but our aims have been consistent since we began in 1974.

A (Very) Brief History of the Religious Resources Centre

A collection of books is housed in St Hild’s Chapel, the College of St Hild and St Bede, Durham. Staffed by volunteers, the work of the Centre was outlined as:

  • A place where people may come to see and use materials suitable for educational use in youth groups, Sunday schools, adult day training etc.
  • A base from which materials may go out to churches, schools and any kind of meeting to demonstrate and if funds allow to lend material to suitable persons in groups.
  • A place for meetings and for exchange of ideas which regard to media resources in this context.

The operating budget is £450.

Mr Robin Minney appointed to manage the Centre

Deaconess Anne Dixon appointed to manage the Centre.

Revd. Michael Ranyard appointed to manage the Centre.

The resources move to Carter House, Durham and the Centre is named the ‘Durham Religious Education Resources Centre’. Revd Ranyard reports that the Centre has a stock of 2000 books, 200 audio visuals aids and 560 posters. He also reports that loans are up and that approximately 5 – 6 items per week are going out on the A/V loan service.

First staff member appointed: Mrs Anne Lindsley, Librarian.

Ms Karenza Passmore appointed to manage the Centre.

The second site of Centre opened in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne fulfilling it’s vision of being one centre on two sites serving the Anglican Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.

The two site Centre, under the name The North East Religious Learning Resources Centre Ltd, is registered as a Charity and a Company Limited by guarantee. The Objects of the new charitable company, also known as the ‘Religious Resources Centre’, are:

  • the establishment and maintenance of a resources centre or resources centres containing books, papers, video and audio tapes, computer data and other materials available for reference or loan to those involved in religious education in the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle
  • the provision of advice, guidance and assistance to those involved in the teaching of religious education in the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle
  • the provision within the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle of training by means of courses, seminars and otherwise of those involved in religious education

The Jesmond site moves to Church House, North Shields.


The Carter House site moves to Cuthbert House, Stonebridge Lane.

The RRC has over 1,300 members37,000 individual resources for loan and 8 members of staff (all of whom are part-time). Our operating budget is in excess of £110,000.


Thank you
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the founding, and ongoing annual, financial and spiritual support of the St Hild and St Bede Trustees. For their encouragement, for the fellowship and support of our members and the many other individuals and organisations who have worked with and alongside us over the years, we offer heartfelt thanks and much gratitude.

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As a Limited Company and a Charity, our annual accounts are available through both the Charity Commission and Companies House websites.

Our most recent Annual Reports are available here.

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