Steven Spencer

Honorary Visiting FellowStephen Spencer


Steven Spencer is the Director of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre in London and co-supervisor of the ESRC funded PhD ‘The Salvation Army’s overseas settlements and colonies, 1890-1939’ at Leicester.

Research Interests

I am interested in all aspects of the history of The Salvation Army around the world. My recent research has focused on:

  • The Salvation Army’s role in the 1885 Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon case
  • The design of Salvation Army meeting halls
  • The Salvation Army’s stance on alcohol
  • The development of The Salvation Army’s publishing department


"The Fatal Gaze of This Moral Basilisk": The Salvation Army's War on Drink in Victorian Britain, The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs 33, no.2. (Fall 2019)

Barrack, Citadel, Circus: Salvation Army halls, their development and use, Journal of the Chapels Society Volume 3, (2018)

“Our Foreign Field”: Records of the Salvation Army in Africa, African Research & Documentation No. 122 (2013)

“Mr Scott may be very upset”: Giles Gilbert Scott, Edwin Cooper and the building of the Star & Garter Home, Richmond History No. 30 (2009)


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