Interactive Bulletin Indexes

The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland are pleased to provide this interactive Bulletin index for all visitors to the website.

The index tables will cover every issue of the Bulletin since the first issue in 1937. They are searchable, downloadable and printable and each entry will link to the relevant Bulletin article, however, the links to the Bulletins will only be accessible to members of the Society who are logged into the website.

A deep debt of gratitude goes to Terence Atkins who produced the Classified Index to Vols I to X which appeared in 1986 and since then he has produced the Index to each and every subsequent volume. The recent printing and issuing to members of Index XX is something of a milestone in his endeavours. His work on Volumes I - XVII were turned into an Access database which was only made available to members of the Society and we are grateful for their work.

This is very much a work in progress. We have the most recent volumes XVIII - XXI  digitised and, as they are produced, issues for volume XXII. Only some parts of Volumes XX and XXI are currently linked but this too is under way and should be completed soon. The earlier volumes will be linked as their contents are digitised and uploaded to the site. Please do check back with us as more issues will be digitised and the indexes will be updated.

The Executive of The Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland.


Latest News regarding the indexes

We have completed adding links for volume XX. Volume XIX listings have been compiled, as issues for volume XIX are digitised the links will be added. Check back here for an update on which issues have been digitised.

The complete Volumes XVII and XVIII Nos 234-257 and Volume XIX Nos 258-269 (issues 1-12) have been digitised and all relevant links have been added to the tables.

Volume XVI digitising has begun! Bulletins 224-233 have now been added (volume 16 Nos 3-12 July 2000 - October 2002).

Please check back as information on this volume will be added here as each issue is added to the tables.


Information on using the indexes

Headings: The top heading bar is sticky and scrolls with the page on larger screens which is particularly useful when a large number of entries has been selected.

Number of Entries: You can alter the number of entries shown in the table, 10 is the default but you can also show 20, 50 and 100 items if you wish. Please bear in mind some of the tables are rather long!

Sorting: all columns are able to be sorted alpha-numerically. Click on the column title for this. The first column is already sorted alpha-numerically on all indexes.

Searching: There is a search function above each table which is useful with larger indexes, e.g. Authors where, if you type in the word hymnody this will currently return 85 results whereas hymn returns 898.

Copying and Printing: The index can be printed or downloaded as a CSV file which can be opened in Excel or other spreadsheet programs. If you have the ability to print as PDF this can be selected with the Print button. If used in conjunction with the search facility, only those records shown in the search will be included in the print out.

Links: Page numbers are used for the links - active links, where the contents have been digitsed, are dark blue and bold eg 56 whereas the non linked page numbers are light blue and normal eg 57. Linked articles will open the relevant Bulletin number and the article will be scrolled to in a new tab. Members have access to the articles. Some of the links will go to the main article where the item is referred to within an article.

Please get in touch with any comments, questions or suggestions using the webmaster form on the Contact page.


1. Authors

Please click on the title above the column to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. The author names are already sorted in this way. Numbers that are bold e.g. 53 are links to the relevant article

2. Subjects
(excluding reviews and obituaries)

Please click on the column title to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. The subjects are already sorted in this way.

3. Reviews Other Than Hymnals and Collections

Please click on the column title to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. The author names are already sorted in this way.

4. Reviews of Hymnals and Collections

Please click on the column title to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. The author names are already sorted in this way.

5. Comments on Hymns

Please click on the column title to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. The hymn title is already sorted in this way.

6. Comments on Hymn Tunes

Please click on the column title to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. The Tune names are already sorted in this way.

7. Obituaries

Please click on the column title to sort any of the columns alphanumerically. This table is already sorted by names.