The Alister Hardy Trust is a registered charity run by a Board of Trustees. Its object is to further the study of religious and spiritual experience started by Sir Alister Hardy FRS in 1969 [click here for further information].
The Trust seeks to address itself to objective research, communicating its findings to the public, and offering a forum for discussion for those interested in spirituality.
The Trust is headed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a Director, Treasurer, Administrative Secretary, Research Committee and Society Committee.
The Trust has
A unique archive of accounts of religious experiences which are housed at the University of Wales, Lampeter.
A members’ lending library of some 2,000 volumes on areas of related interest – catalogue and postal service available
An audio and video tape library – click here for list
The Trust is committed to
Inter-disciplinary research into contemporary spirituality and religious experience.
Bringing together people who have an interest in this study.
Working with other organisations with overlapping interests.
Emphasising the importance of spirituality in education, healthcare, business and other areas.
The Trust publishes
Books and occasional papers – click here for list,
Outlines of research,
A regular newsletter, De Numine.
The Trust organises
Conferences and meetings, and offers
An MA course in religious experience, jointly with the University of Wales, Lampeter – click here for further details.
The Patrons of the Alister Hardy Trust are:
Bronwen, Viscountess Astor
Lord Carey of Clifton
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Rt. Revd. Richard Harries
His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
The Revd. Dr. John A. Newton
His Eminence Supreme Primate, Koken Otani
Sir Jonathon Porritt
Chief Rabbi Professor Jonathan Sacks
Swami Chidanand Saraswati
The Most Revd. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Trustees of the Alister Hardy Trust include:
Professor Eileen Barker
Professor June Boyce-Tillman (Chair of Research Committee)
Revd. Professor Leslie Francis
Dr Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke (Hon. Treasurer)
Professor Ursula King
Marianne Rankin (Chair of Alister Hardy Society)
Revd Professor Frank Whaling
Dr William York
The Directors of the Alister Hardy Trust are:
Professor Paul Badham
Dr. Wendy Dossett
Professor Xinzhong Yao