The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History (OCMCH)

Promoting historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church through archives, artworks, publications and research.


The OCMCH is dedicated to a range of research activity, including publications, lectures and seminars, the supervision of research degrees, and the award of fellowships to people engaged in related fields of research.


Routledge Methodist Studies Series – the most significant contribution to Methodist historical and theological research in the UK. Prof William Gibson is series editor.

The Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture – publishing interdisciplinary research on religious history.

Wesley and Methodist Studies – a joint venture between the OCMCH and Manchester Wesley Research Centre, it is the foremost journal in the field.

OCMCH staff are active in publishing and research; Prof William Gibson; Dr Peter Forsaith; Dr Daniel Reed.


Methodist Studies Seminars – In 2012, the OCMCH and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre established a bi-annual seminar series that has now extended to include the Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham University; Wesley House, Cambridge; Cliff College; and The Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham. The seminars provide an opportunity for established and emerging scholars of Methodist Studies to present the findings of their research.

Annual Wesley Lecture – the OCMCH, in collaboration with Lincoln College, Oxford, and Wesley Memorial Church, Oxford, sponsor an annual lecture held each May. Previous speakers include, Dr Colin Haydon, Prof Grayson Ditchfield, Prof Jeremy Black, and Prof J. C. D. Clark.

Ecclesiastical History Colloquium – since 2007, the OCMCH has hosted this annual event bringing together scholars researching diverse aspects of religious history.

Research Degrees

The OCMCH is interested in discussing proposals for study on the Oxford Brookes University PhD/MPhil programme and the Oxford Brookes University MA by research.


The OCMCH makes up to three fellowships available each year for visiting scholars who can make use of our library, archive and art collections for their research. There is no application form – interested applicants are invited to contact the Director of the Centre, Professor William Gibson,

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