The Parkes Institute

The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations is a unique centre of study across the ages. We are a community of scholars, archivists, librarians, students, and activists. The Institute is based on the life work of the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981), one of the most remarkable figures within twentieth century Christianity. Ordained by the Church of England in 1926, through his work with the International Student Service and the Student Christian Movement as early as the 1920s he campaigned against the rise of racist nationalism in Europe.


The Parkes Institute prides itself on being at the cutting edge of research in terms of identifying both new topics and fresh approaches.

Parkes Library and Archives

The Papers of Chief Rabbi Hermann Adler 1839-1911)

All of our teaching and much of our research relies on the outstanding printed and archive collections of the Parkes Library.


We have a flourishing postgraduate programme; one that reflects the international nature of our staff and student body alike.


Jewish-Christian Cultural Day

All members of the Parkes Institute are highly committed to and involved in our outreach work,and this year the programme has expanded in both adult education and work with schools and colleges.

Public Statement

A Public Statement on behalf of the Parkes Institute

Regarding the Conference 'International Law and the State of Israel'

Key facts

The University of Southampton is one of 24 members of the Russell Group - institutions which have distinguished themselves as research-led universities of international quality, and which are committed to the provision of teaching in a research-led environment.

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