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 – Thomas Birch Freeman (1809-1890), missionary to West Africa

Alison Butler of the Methodist Heritage Committee reconsiders Freeman’s legacy In marking the contribution of Thomas Birch Freeman to Methodism’s missionary work, we should surely also recognise those less well-known … Continue reading

October 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

Research – Wesley Historical Society Essay Competition 2020

The Wesley Historical Society has announced a new prize competition for essays on any topic involving the history of Methodism in the British Isles. The competition is being held in … Continue reading

June 10, 2020 · 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

Research – Dr. Sarah Prendergast awarded Ph.D.

All at the OCMCH are delighted that Dr. Sarah Prendergast has been awarded her Ph.D. at a ceremony held at the Oxford Brookes University Headington Campus on Friday 21 June … Continue reading

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fellows – Dr Matteo Bonifacio, Visiting Research Fellow 2018-2019

Dr Matteo Bonifacio, visiting Research Fellow in the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History for the spring semester 2019. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Turin … Continue reading

April 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Research – William Gibson on the History of Lambeth Degrees

The Burgon Society has announced the publication of The History of Lambeth Degrees: Sources and Studies, edited by Professor William Gibson. This book examines the history of degrees awarded by the … Continue reading

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Digital – British Methodist Buildings to launch in January 2019

In January 2019, the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History will launch an exciting new digitised resource for the study of Methodist heritage. British Methodist Buildings brings together two … Continue reading

December 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Research – Art History student gains curatorial experience at OCMCH

This semester during my independent study module I was given the opportunity to work with Dr Peter Forsaith, Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. I … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Events – Methodist Studies Seminar, 8 December 2018

The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre have worked in partnership for several years. In 2012, the centres established a … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

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