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.


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.

Recent graduates from the Centre’s programmes include:

Linda Ryan, whose PhD thesis was entitled: ‘Child-rearing and Education: The Thinking and Practice of John Wesley and some of his Contemporaries, Evaluated within its Eighteenth-century Context’.

Clive Norris, whose PhD thesis was entitled: ‘The finances of early Wesleyan Methodism, c. 1740-1800’.


The OCMCH is the home of a number of major research activities, including:

The Ashgate Methodist Studies Monograph series, edited by William Gibson, more information can be found at

The Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture published by the University of Wales Press, for details see

A forthcoming major study of the portraiture of John Wesley, written by Peter Forsaith.

A research study of the Church and Sex in the Long Eighteenth Century, written by Joanne Begiato and William Gibson.

The Centre has also been the host of the following major research projects;

The Oxford Handbook on the British Sermon 1689-1901 – edited by William Gibson and Keith Francis (published by Oxford University Press in 2012)

The Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism – edited by William Gibson, Peter Forsaith and Marin Wellings (published by Ashgate in 2013)

Wesley and Methodist Studies

The journal, Wesley and Methodist Studies is a joint project of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre. It is jointly edited by Professor William Gibson and Dr Geordan Hammond with Dr Martin Wellings as Book Reviews Editor.

Methodist Studies Seminars

Together with the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, St John’s College, Durham, Wesley House, Cambridge (with Cliff College and the Queen’s Foundation Birmingham) the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History sponsors a bi-annual Methodist Studies research seminar. For the next meeting contact, Dr Peter Forsaith


The Centre 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 for the fellowships, interested applicants are invited to contact the Director of the Centre, Professor William Gibson,

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