The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley's House

The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley's House The official page for the Museum of Methodism and Wesley's House. Please note the Museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays, 11.00am-2.30pm. The House remains closed.
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The Museum of Methodism tells the history of Methodism from John Wesley to the present day and its contribution to shaping Britain’s political and social history. John Wesley’s House stands next to the Chapel. His home for over a decade it is one of the finest surviving small Georgian townhouses in London.

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Join us for our 'London Shh' summer fete at Wesley's Chapel this Friday, 30th July, 11.30am-3.30pm, and don't miss the v...
26/07/2021

Join us for our 'London Shh' summer fete at Wesley's Chapel this Friday, 30th July, 11.30am-3.30pm, and don't miss the virtual follow up!

Visit https://facebook.com/events/9946676 for details of the in-person event and don't forget to book so we know you're coming! To book, visit http://bit.ly/LSHH_Fete

We're delighted to be joining friends from the world of heritage this Saturday for the Benjamin Franklin House Virtual Children's Summer Fete. Activities will be revealed throughout the day on their social media channels! Our activity is music themed, inspired by the talented musician & hymn writer Charles Wesley.

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John Wesley's House has been closed repeatedly for comprehensive restoration. This newspaper clipping from 1934 celebrat...
22/07/2021

John Wesley's House has been closed repeatedly for comprehensive restoration. This newspaper clipping from 1934 celebrates the House re-opening after one such refurbishment. The most recent restoration happened in 1994 and is what visitors see today.
#ThrowbackThursday #Wesley

John Wesley's House has been closed repeatedly for comprehensive restoration. This newspaper clipping from 1934 celebrates the House re-opening after one such refurbishment. The most recent restoration happened in 1994 and is what visitors see today.
#ThrowbackThursday #Wesley

Join our Children's Summer Fete, with special guests from the world of heritage! We're teaming up with Benjamin Franklin...
20/07/2021

Join our Children's Summer Fete, with special guests from the world of heritage! We're teaming up with Benjamin Franklin House, Newington Green Meeting House & Arts & Crafts Hammersmith on 30th July, between 11.30am and 3.30pm at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, EC1!

There'll be lots of kids' craft actvities throughout the day, including making butterflies and designing your own John Wesley and Friends, and plenty more.

The Fete will be held in the garden of Wesley’s Chapel, so bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass or benches!

Please note we encourage mask wearing and social distancing for older children and adults, especially during craft activities. Hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes will be readily available on the day.

We can't wait to see you!

Join our Children's Summer Fete, with special guests from the world of heritage! We're teaming up with Benjamin Franklin House, Newington Green Meeting House & Arts & Crafts Hammersmith on 30th July, between 11.30am and 3.30pm at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, EC1!

There'll be lots of kids' craft actvities throughout the day, including making butterflies and designing your own John Wesley and Friends, and plenty more.

The Fete will be held in the garden of Wesley’s Chapel, so bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass or benches!

Please note we encourage mask wearing and social distancing for older children and adults, especially during craft activities. Hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes will be readily available on the day.

We can't wait to see you!

@WesleysChapel opened in 1778 with John Wesley describing it as 'neat but not fine'. Over the years, changes have been m...
09/07/2021

@WesleysChapel opened in 1778 with John Wesley describing it as 'neat but not fine'. Over the years, changes have been made to reflect the importance of the building, and we'll be looking at some finer details today.

Too many people in the pew? Don't worry! You can make extra space with the handy pull-out seats underneath!

The beautiful stained glass at the Chapel has been added since 1891. There are lots of colourful windows depicting many biblical and other stories, and of course John Wesley!

The font is particularly interesting. Parts date back hundreds of years, others were added in the late 1800s. The most symbolic stone is at the centre of the font, originally a stair stone from Antigua. It was taken from a plantation house which belonged to an early Methodist and planter, Nathaniel Gilbert. He converted his slaves to Methodism and freed many.

Today is John Wesley's 318th birthday! John was born at the rectory in Epworth, Lincolnshire #OTD in 1703. He came from ...
28/06/2021

Today is John Wesley's 318th birthday! John was born at the rectory in Epworth, Lincolnshire #OTD in 1703. He came from a large family and was nicknamed 'Jacky' as a child. Happy Birthday, Jacky! 😀🎂

Today is John Wesley's 318th birthday! John was born at the rectory in Epworth, Lincolnshire #OTD in 1703. He came from a large family and was nicknamed 'Jacky' as a child. Happy Birthday, Jacky! 😀🎂

Here's another fact for #NationalWritingDay - did you know John Wesley wrote thousands of sermons during his lifetime, a...
23/06/2021

Here's another fact for #NationalWritingDay - did you know John Wesley wrote thousands of sermons during his lifetime, as well as numerous hymns? His 'Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists' was published in 1780 and was the first comprehensive hymn book for Methodists, although elements of it went back as far as the 1740s. Wesley was a busy man - even Dr Samuel Johnson commented: "He is never at leisure".

Here's another fact for #NationalWritingDay - did you know John Wesley wrote thousands of sermons during his lifetime, as well as numerous hymns? His 'Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists' was published in 1780 and was the first comprehensive hymn book for Methodists, although elements of it went back as far as the 1740s. Wesley was a busy man - even Dr Samuel Johnson commented: "He is never at leisure".

It's #NationalWritingDay! How about trying out a goose quill for writing - the 1700s and John Wesley swore by it! Have a...
23/06/2021

It's #NationalWritingDay! How about trying out a goose quill for writing - the 1700s and John Wesley swore by it! Have a look at John's last quill pen on show in our museum. Likely, it's the one Wesley used to write to MP William Wilberforce, the anti slavery campaigner.

It's #NationalWritingDay! How about trying out a goose quill for writing - the 1700s and John Wesley swore by it! Have a look at John's last quill pen on show in our museum. Likely, it's the one Wesley used to write to MP William Wilberforce, the anti slavery campaigner.

Happy Wesley Day #OTD! Today in 1738 John Wesley had a life-altering conversion experience during a prayer meeting in Al...
24/05/2021

Happy Wesley Day #OTD! Today in 1738 John Wesley had a life-altering conversion experience during a prayer meeting in Aldersgate in London. He wrote afterwards that he felt "his heart strangely warmed". The event marks the beginning of (Wesleyan) Methodism in the British Isles 🤩

Happy Wesley Day #OTD! Today in 1738 John Wesley had a life-altering conversion experience during a prayer meeting in Aldersgate in London. He wrote afterwards that he felt "his heart strangely warmed". The event marks the beginning of (Wesleyan) Methodism in the British Isles 🤩

Join our Wesley Day celebrations on 24th May! The day marks the day on which John Wesley in 1738 'felt his heart strange...
18/05/2021

Join our Wesley Day celebrations on 24th May! The day marks the day on which John Wesley in 1738 'felt his heart strangely warmed' and felt he truly understood his life's mission.

There will be services, singing and activities throughout the day at City Road, including site and museum tours led by volunteer guides in costume. To find out more and sign up for a tour, follow these links:

http://bit.ly/WesleyDayCelebrations
http://bit.ly/WesleyDayTours

Join our Wesley Day celebrations on 24th May! The day marks the day on which John Wesley in 1738 'felt his heart strangely warmed' and felt he truly understood his life's mission.

There will be services, singing and activities throughout the day at City Road, including site and museum tours led by volunteer guides in costume. To find out more and sign up for a tour, follow these links:

http://bit.ly/WesleyDayCelebrations
http://bit.ly/WesleyDayTours

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay!  2020/21 hasn't been great for museums but things can only get better;  visit one as soon...
18/05/2021

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! 2020/21 hasn't been great for museums but things can only get better; visit one as soon as you can! John Wesley's House has been open as a museum since 1898. Here's an admission ticket for the Chapel services accompanying the opening in 1898.

Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! 2020/21 hasn't been great for museums but things can only get better; visit one as soon as you can! John Wesley's House has been open as a museum since 1898. Here's an admission ticket for the Chapel services accompanying the opening in 1898.

The Museum of Methodism was wonderfully revamped in 2013. We’re going back to c2004 for #ThrowbackThursday with this ima...
06/05/2021

The Museum of Methodism was wonderfully revamped in 2013. We’re going back to c2004 for #ThrowbackThursday with this image of the Museum, can you remember it like this?

#Museum #London #2000s Methodist Heritage #museumrefurb #Methodist

The Museum of Methodism was wonderfully revamped in 2013. We’re going back to c2004 for #ThrowbackThursday with this image of the Museum, can you remember it like this?

#Museum #London #2000s Methodist Heritage #museumrefurb #Methodist

Community Centres provide vital services to local people like the amazing St Luke's Community Centre here in #Islington....
30/04/2021

Community Centres provide vital services to local people like the amazing St Luke's Community Centre here in #Islington. In the past, many Methodist churches provided local people with much needed support.

The Foundery Chapel, which was originally not far from our site today, provided schooling, food, accommodation for ministers and was a medical dispensary. Opened in 1739 in a former cannon foundery, it was the Wesley’s main London base until Wesley’s Chapel was opened in 1778.

The Orphan House in Newcastle became an HQ for Wesley’s work in the north of England. Run by Grace Murray, it was not an orphanage but became a community for Methodist preachers as well as providing care and education for children that needed it.

The New Room Bristol is the older surviving Methodist building in the world. Opened in 1739, there were rooms above the Chapel for accommodation, it also provided a schoolroom and a medical dispensary for those in need in the local area.

Much of this early work set the precedent for the charity work the Methodist Church is part of today.

(Images: Foundery Chapel, Orpah House, New Room (external), New Room (interior))

#Community #Local #Support Methodist Heritage

Happy #NationalTeaDay! We love a good cuppa, even if John Wesley disapproved! How are you enjoying your brew today? Here...
21/04/2021

Happy #NationalTeaDay! We love a good cuppa, even if John Wesley disapproved! How are you enjoying your brew today? Here's a commemorative John Wesley teapot from our collections, dating to around 1780. Check out more of our collection at http://ow.ly/n3S450DQQIH 🙂

Happy #NationalTeaDay! We love a good cuppa, even if John Wesley disapproved! How are you enjoying your brew today? Here's a commemorative John Wesley teapot from our collections, dating to around 1780. Check out more of our collection at http://ow.ly/n3S450DQQIH 🙂

Visitors Heartily Welcomed 1920s style! And this is still the case today. We’re looking forward to welcoming people back...
08/04/2021

Visitors Heartily Welcomed 1920s style! And this is still the case today. We’re looking forward to welcoming people back to the Museum, House and Wesley's Chapel & Leysian Mission #ThrowbackThursday

#Welcome #MuseumFromHome #FreeMuseum #London Methodist Heritage

Visitors Heartily Welcomed 1920s style! And this is still the case today. We’re looking forward to welcoming people back to the Museum, House and Wesley's Chapel & Leysian Mission #ThrowbackThursday

#Welcome #MuseumFromHome #FreeMuseum #London Methodist Heritage

This group look like they’re having a good chat before the service @WesleysChapel in the 1950s. #ThrowbackThursday #Muse...
25/03/2021

This group look like they’re having a good chat before the service @WesleysChapel in the 1950s.

#ThrowbackThursday #MuseumsFromHome @MethodistHerit #oldphotos #WesleysChapel

This group look like they’re having a good chat before the service @WesleysChapel in the 1950s.

#ThrowbackThursday #MuseumsFromHome @MethodistHerit #oldphotos #WesleysChapel

Join an online discussion about women's lives in the story of Methodism organised by our sister site, Epworth Old Rector...
22/03/2021

Join an online discussion about women's lives in the story of Methodism organised by our sister site, Epworth Old Rectory, John Wesley's childhood home, on Monday 29th March!

Methodist Heritage Epworth Old Rectory

Join an online discussion about women's lives in the story of Methodism organised by our sister site, Epworth Old Rectory, John Wesley's childhood home, on Monday 29th March!

Methodist Heritage Epworth Old Rectory

For #ThrowbackThursday  check out our updated Online Museum at https://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk/explore-the-collection...
18/03/2021

For #ThrowbackThursday check out our updated Online Museum at https://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk/explore-the-collection/

Now with search function and a chance to look at our collections by category, type, date, material or theme!

#Museumsfromhome #London #FreeMuseum #Wesley #oldphotos #HistoricHouses Methodist Heritage

For #ThrowbackThursday check out our updated Online Museum at https://www.wesleysheritage.org.uk/explore-the-collection/

Now with search function and a chance to look at our collections by category, type, date, material or theme!

#Museumsfromhome #London #FreeMuseum #Wesley #oldphotos #HistoricHouses Methodist Heritage

For #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate some inspirational female leaders from Methodist history: Mary Bosanquet, Sarah...
08/03/2021

For #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate some inspirational female leaders from Methodist history: Mary Bosanquet, Sarah Moore and Pauline Webb.

Mary Bosanquet was a contemporary of John Wesley and wrote to him to confirm approval for women to preach, which he did in 1771. Whilst this would not have been as an ordained minister, she was a trailblazer for the time.

Sarah Moore was a female preacher from Antigua in the 19th century, at a time when there were few female preachers. The image of her, published in 1815, shows her in the pulpit.

Pauline Webb was the youngest elected lay person to become Vice-President of the Methodist Conference in 1965 (the highest office for a lay person in the Methodist Church). Whilst she did not become an ordained minister, through choice, she campaigned for female ordination alongside many other civil rights causes throughout a distinguished career.

(Images Mary Bosanquet from 'The Life of Mrs Mary Fletcher' by Henry Moore; Sarah Moore print, 1815; cover from 'World Wide Webb: Memoirs of a Life in the Universal Church)

Happy #WorldBookDay!  Need a book that's easy to carry? Look no further than this miniature publication of 'Small Rain U...
04/03/2021

Happy #WorldBookDay! Need a book that's easy to carry? Look no further than this miniature publication of 'Small Rain Upon the Tender Herb' published c1800. It measures just 2.5cm high but contains a scripture for each day of the year, very cute!

Happy #WorldBookDay! Need a book that's easy to carry? Look no further than this miniature publication of 'Small Rain Upon the Tender Herb' published c1800. It measures just 2.5cm high but contains a scripture for each day of the year, very cute!

Today we'll be hosting the #HealthyHalfTerm activity! We'll be finding out more about why John Wesley was interested in ...
19/02/2021
Health Half Term: Wesley & Wellbeing

Today we'll be hosting the #HealthyHalfTerm activity! We'll be finding out more about why John Wesley was interested in health and wellbeing, plus you'll be able to create your own Wellbeing Walk! @FaithHeritageL1
http://ow.ly/vqJd50DEqBQ

Join Gemma from the Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House to find out more about why John Wesley was interested in health and wellbeing, and how he tried...

For #ThrowbackThursday we’ve found this old photo of John Wesley’s study c1900. This was taken when the House was a muse...
18/02/2021

For #ThrowbackThursday we’ve found this old photo of John Wesley’s study c1900. This was taken when the House was a museum. We can see objects displayed in the bookcase, as well as a display case in the centre of the room for the ‘Wesley relics’.

#Museumsfromhome #London #FreeMuseum #Wesley #oldphotos #HistoricHouses Methodist Heritage

For #ThrowbackThursday we’ve found this old photo of John Wesley’s study c1900. This was taken when the House was a museum. We can see objects displayed in the bookcase, as well as a display case in the centre of the room for the ‘Wesley relics’.

#Museumsfromhome #London #FreeMuseum #Wesley #oldphotos #HistoricHouses Methodist Heritage

It's our Virtual Open Day today! Whilst we can't wait to welcome everyone back in person, we hope in the meantime you'll...
17/02/2021

It's our Virtual Open Day today! Whilst we can't wait to welcome everyone back in person, we hope in the meantime you'll enjoy recreating our open day at home. Get #cooking, learn about our #collection and complete our #family trail. Visit http://ow.ly/7Upi50DCmWb

It's our Virtual Open Day today! Whilst we can't wait to welcome everyone back in person, we hope in the meantime you'll enjoy recreating our open day at home. Get #cooking, learn about our #collection and complete our #family trail. Visit http://ow.ly/7Upi50DCmWb

We are looking forward to being part of this next week! #HealthyHalfTerm
12/02/2021

We are looking forward to being part of this next week! #HealthyHalfTerm

Looking for half term activities to enjoy at home?
St Paul's is taking part in the Faith and Heritage Learning Network #HealthyHalfTerm, a series of events exploring science, health and wellbeing. The week kicks off on Monday 15th February with St Paul's exploring the work of Alexander Fleming, with videos from Jewish Museum London, Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral, The Museum of Methodism & John Wesley's House and Museum of the Order of St John

To find out more about the series visit the Faith Heritage Learning YouTube channel https://bit.ly/2Z7mdRI

Our friends at New Room Bristol have a week of activities planned for #halfterm next week, take a look below!
12/02/2021

Our friends at New Room Bristol have a week of activities planned for #halfterm next week, take a look below!

If you are looking for fun things to do during half term, then the New Room is here to help.

From map making to self portraits, we'll be sharing an activity each day here, or you can take your pick over at www.newroombristol.org.uk/ideas-for-half-term

On this day in 1709, Epworth Old Rectory, where  the 5 year old John Wesley lived, caught fire. The family managed to es...
09/02/2021

On this day in 1709, Epworth Old Rectory, where the 5 year old John Wesley lived, caught fire. The family managed to escape, but John was trapped inside. A human ladder was formed to rescue him. All the family survived and Wesley truly was ‘a brand plucked from the burning’.

Methodist Heritage #MuseumsFromHome #Wesley #OnThisDay

On this day in 1709, Epworth Old Rectory, where the 5 year old John Wesley lived, caught fire. The family managed to escape, but John was trapped inside. A human ladder was formed to rescue him. All the family survived and Wesley truly was ‘a brand plucked from the burning’.

Methodist Heritage #MuseumsFromHome #Wesley #OnThisDay

Address

49 City Road
London
EC1Y 1AU

General information

An independent charity which looks after the Museum of Methodism and John Wesley's House (18th century Georgian London Townhouse) Free entry to museum, house & chapel. If you planning to visit us in a group (more than 6 people together) you must book in advance by calling us on 020 7253 2262 as we can only take 15 people or less inside the house at once. Please go to the museum in the crypt of the chapel and a steward will take you around Wesley's House. The house cannot be accessed from the street.

Telephone

020 7253 2262

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STUCK INSIDE? COME ON OUR WESLEY TOUR! We love taking people on the Wesley trail around Epworth but it has been a real problem this year. Hearing his words in the very places he wrote abut is always moving. To fill the gap we have made our own little film about Wesley and Epworth. Hope you enjoy!
Just a reminder that our Georgian Tea Room today has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule soon!
unique John Wesley pitcher in auction - ends 14 Sep, 2018 01:45:10 BST
where is the museum located, please?
A wee wildflower for Mr Wesley's birthday
Kneeling at the original communion rail