Promoting historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church through archives, artworks, publications and research.
An unparalleled visual library of Methodist buildings in Britain – these photographs are the labours of two hobbyists: Keith Guyler and Bill Smith. Operating between the 1970s and 2000s, these two amateur photographers travelled the country documenting many buildings which have since been altered, demolished, or otherwise lost.
British Methodist Buildings is an invaluable source for those interested in Methodism and the history of its built environment. The photographs included in this online resource provide a fantastic insight into the architectural variety of the denomination, how it has changed over time and how its use of different architectural styles has particular geographies. Much more than this these photographs of – often long lost or greatly altered – buildings provide insights into the changing uses of Methodist spaces and the way in which Methodist heritage – although now sometimes hidden – is still integral to Britain’s built environment. Furthermore, the maps, occasional internal photographs and broader urban and rural scenes captured in these photographs also emphasise how Methodist chapels were and are spaces, which gain their meaning through how they are used and in relationship with the broader geographical contexts in which they are embedded.
Dr Ruth Slatter
University of Hull
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‘Let all preaching-houses be built plain and decent’ – John Wesley