The Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) grew out of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) initiative to bring conservation bodies together with the world’s major faiths. Founded in 1995 by HRH Prince Philip and representatives of nine world religions, it was a secular body that helped religions develop environmental programmes based on their core teachings and practices, creating links between communities of believers and environmental organisations. The headquarters of the ARC were located in Bath.

The ARC’s work included developing environmental projects, such as organic farming and sacred land reserves, supporting environmentally responsible investment, sponsoring partnership events and creating networks for communication.

The collection comprises correspondence, trustees’ minutes, press cuttings, administrative papers, reports and publications documenting the management, operation, activities and output of the ARC from its inception. It represents a valuable resource for all those interested in global conservation strategy, environmental policy formulation, inter-faith collaboration and many other related topics.

The collection was donated to the University of Bath by Martin Palmer, Secretary General, ARC in 2016.

Size: 33 boxes, 564 items.

A catalogue providing full details of the contents of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation Collection is available in PDF format.