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The Parkes Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations. We are a unique community of scholars, archivists, librarians and students and our scholarly expertise ranges from antiquity through to the present day. Our archive is one of the largest Jewish documentation centres in Europe.

The Institute is named after the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981), one of the most remarkable figures in twentieth century Christianity. Ordained by the Church of England in 1926, Parkes campaigned against the rise of racist nationalism in Europe through his work with the International Student Service and the Student Christian Movement from as early as the 1920s. A tireless fighter against antisemitism, Parkes helped rescue Jewish refugees during the 1930s and campaigned for European Jews during the Holocaust, working throughout his career to promote religious tolerance and mutual respect.

The Parkes Institute relies significantly on the support and generosity of our donors and gifts of all levels have a real impact, contributing to our success. Every gift made to the Parkes Institute helps us to develop our education and research in Jewish Studies at the University of Southampton, and to build the Parkes Library and Archive collections.

Did you know last year 25% of all donations to Southampton came from generous gifts in Wills? If you would like more information about remembering the University in your Will, please contact our Legacies Manager, Richard Wilson, at

To discuss making a gift in more detail, please contact Tony Kushner or Joanna Watts via

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