Lincoln’s Library and Archive will be contributing to a new heritage website which the Methodist Church in Oxford will be launching on 14 October. The website, www.wesleysoxford.org.uk, tells the story of Methodism in the Oxford area from 1720 when John Wesley, one of the founders of the movement, first came to Oxford as a student, until the present day.
Wesley’s association with Lincoln began when he became a Fellow in 1726 and, although he resigned his fellowship on his marriage in 1951, he continued to described himself as a former Fellow of Lincoln until his death. He is remembered at Lincoln by the Library’s Wesley Collection (material to do with Wesley and the early history of Methodism), by items in the College Archive and historic collections and by the fabric of the College itself. We are thrilled to be able to work with the Methodist Church in Oxford on this project and look forward to using the College’s historic collections to tell some of our own stories about Methodism in Oxford.