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.

J. H. Rigg bicentenary (1821-2021): Westminster College’s formative principal

200 years ago, on 16 January 1821, a boy was born in the Orphan House in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to a Wesleyan minister, Rev. John Rigg and his wife Annie McMullen. This … Continue reading

January 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Black History Month – Francis Bartels (1910-2010), inspirational Ghanaian educationalist

Born in Ghana, Dr. Francis Lodowic Bartels was educated at Cape Coast Methodist Primary School from 1915 and later at Mfantsipim School. With a King Edward VII scholarship he attended … Continue reading

October 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – 1789 Wesley Letter Acquired

We’re delighted to announce that we have received the generous gift of an original John Wesley letter of 10 January 1789 to Walter Churchey of Brecon. The letter was formerly … Continue reading

August 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Digital – 3D Collections

The OCMCH has collaborated with Digital Services colleagues at Oxford Brookes University to create 3D models of objects from our collections, allowing researchers to manipulate and explore the items in … Continue reading

April 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Digital – Launch of Methodist Portrait Prints

New for December 2019, we’re excited to announce our latest major digitised resource for the study of Methodist heritage. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ocmch/albums Methodist Portrait Prints provides access to over 2,000 historic portraits … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – UK Disability History Month: Bishop Benjamin Hoadly (1676-1761)

UK Disability History Month 2019 emphasises the roles of disabled leaders through history and their struggle for acceptance. In this blog post, Professor William Gibson puts the spotlight on an … Continue reading

December 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – William Thomas Forshaw, V.C. (1890-1943)

  The first official two-minute silence for Armistice Day was commemorated in London 100 years ago, on 11 November 1919. To mark this anniversary, this post explores the story of … Continue reading

November 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – US Civil Rights campaigner visits Westminster College, 1965

This October, Oxford Brookes University is celebrating Black History Month. A recent discovery in the Centre’s archives reveals that at the height of the US Civil Rights Campaign a lecture … Continue reading

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – Westminster College Chapel Silver

The OCMCH is currently celebrating the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Westminster College students at their new buildings in Oxford, now the Harcourt Hill campus of Oxford Brookes University. … Continue reading

September 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Research – ‘Archives & Research’ series

The Centre is very pleased to announce the launch of ‘Archives & Research’, a new series of introductory guides to our rich collections of archives, artworks, and printed material. Appearing … Continue reading

July 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

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