The charity and publishing company Hymns Ancient & Modern is to take
over Church House Bookshop in Westminster, it was announced on Tuesday. Hymns
Ancient & Modern owns SCM-Canterbury Press and the Church Times.
The Archbishops' Council, which owns the bookshop, concluded some time ago
that it was losing money and should be sold. Professor Peter Toyne, who chairs
the council's publishing board, said it had decided that "there was no
fundamental reason why the council itself should be running such a shop." He
was delighted to have reached agreement "with an excellent company that has
in-depth experience of the religious publishing market". Under the deal,
existing staff will be kept on.
Patrick Coldstream, chairman of Hymns Ancient & Modern, said that his
company intended to develop the services offered by the shop, and also its
mail-order and internet arms. Church House Bookshop, as it will still be
called, will continue to stock a full range of official C of E publications,
including General Synod papers