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 – New book on Wesley and Children’s Education by Linda A. Ryan

Scholars have historically associated John Wesley’s educational endeavours with the boarding school he established at Kingswood, near Bristol, in 1746, primarily because of the importance he himself placed on it. … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – ‘Archives of the College’ report and the creation of the Westminster College Archives, 1974

Ongoing work to organise uncatalogued material in the Westminster College Archives has revealed documents that pinpoint the creation of the college archives.         On 5 February 1974, … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – Westminster College ‘Student Archivist’, 1973

During ongoing work to organise and list previously uncatalogued material in the Westminster College Archives, documents have been discovered which shed significant light on the ways in which evidence of … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Research – John Rylands Library: over a hundred manuscript conversion narratives now online

  The John Rylands University Library in Manchester has placed over a hundred conversion narratives, largely written to John and Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century online. The documents can … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Research – John Rylands Library: Rapture and Reason: Accounts of Evangelical Conversion in Georgian Britain

The John Rylands Library has recently announced the publication of digitised versions of documents from their collections pertaining the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century. These include letters of the Wesleys, George … Continue reading

September 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – La Magasin Méthodiste Des Iles De La Manche

The OCMCH has recently acquired two copies of La Magasin Méthodiste des Iles De La Manche, or the ‘Methodist Magazine of the Channel Islands’, for August 1887 and September 1891. … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fellows – Dr Jane Platt, Visiting Research Fellow 2016/2017

Since February 2016 I have been hand-listing the Centre’s collection of papers and correspondence relating to Professor Kingsley Barrett, the National Liaison Committee, and the failed attempt at Anglican-Methodist [re]union … Continue reading

July 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – Old Westminster College Student’s VC remembered

Lt Donald Bell died on 16 July 1916 on the Somme. Bell had been at Westminster College from 1908-11 and then became a school teacher at Starbeck Primary School and … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Archives & Library – The College Elephant

A significant number of newly catalogued documents within the Westminster College Archives were created by the Westminster College Union Society between the 1950s and 1980s. The Union Society was formed … Continue reading

May 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

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