Since 1976, the Community Religions Project (CRP) has conducted empirical research on religion and religions ‘near at hand’ in the cities of Leeds and Bradford and beyond. This website provides an archive of CRP materials as well as current research material. These will be invaluable to those interested in religion, locality and community both in West Yorkshire and beyond.
From 2014 the work of the CRP has changed to focus on learning and teaching. Increasingly, our website will showcase all that is best in supporting undergraduate students and others to research religion in their local community.
An account of the evolution of the CRP, and particularly how the study of religions has changed in relation to changing patterns of diversity in the UK, can be found in a recent article written by project director, Dr Mel Prideaux, with former project assistant Jo Merrygold. The article appears in Vol. 16 no. 3 of the journal Diskus, but is also available to download here.
Former Director of the CRP, Professor Kim Knott, gives an interesting insight into the early days and development of the CRP in her article about Professor Ursula King’s time at Leeds. The article is available here: http://jbasr.com/ojs/index.php/jbasr/issue/view/2
Much of the history of the CRP relates to changing patterns and trends in the study of religions. You can find out more about the history of the project by visiting the Research Archive.