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Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History

Founded in London in 1851 as Westminster College and moved to present site outside Oxford in 1959 and merged with Oxford Brookes University in 2000. Important Methodist library and archives open to researchers. Wesley Historical Society Library and Westminster College archives relate to history and development of Methodism and other collections about the history of Methodism in the 20th century. Also Methodist art collections (such as Modern Art) based here.

Additional visitor information
Coach access
Meals and accommodation available

NB Regional Wesley Historical / Methodist History Society collections
Several of the regional Methodist historical societies also have extensive library and archive collections. Notably, the library of the Wesley Historical Society (Yorkshire) comprises over 16,000 items and is deposited as a Special Collection of the University of Huddersfield Archives, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
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Similarly, the North East WHS collections are deposited at the "Lit & Phil" Library in Newcastle and those of the Cornish MHS with the Royal Institute at Redruth.

Oxford Brookes University
Harcourt Hill Campus
Oxford OX2 9AT

Open to researchers Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm. Advance notification of visits requested. Meals and accommodation available on site.

WHS Librarian: Dr John H Lenton
Research Fellow: Dr Peter Forsaith
Tel: 01865 488319

Library catalogue: capitadiscovery

Getting there [SP490048]
Bus: Service U1 from Oxford city centre.
Train: Nearest station Oxford.

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