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Wesley Historical Society Annual General Meeting and Annual Lecture 2021


The meetings below will be online only.


The 2021 Annual General Meeting for members of the Society will be Thursday 8th July 2021 at 2 pm and will be held on Zoom. Members wishing to attend should contact distribution@wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk by no later than 1st July 2021 for a Zoom link.


The 2021 Wesley Historical Society Annual Lecture will take place on Saturday 10th July 2021 at 4 pm. The speaker is Dr Kate Tiller who will speak on 'Communities of Dissent : Methodist people, places and environments 1850 to 1930.' Anyone wishing to attend this should contact distribution@wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk by no later than 3rd July 2021
 for a Zoom link.
This is an opportunity for overseas members to be able to join us and the timing is adjusted accordingly.


Communities of Dissent: Methodist people, places and environments, 1850 -1930


Where and why did Methodism thrive or falter in English communities in the key period between the 1850s and 1930s? This lecture will use the approaches of local history and the perspectives of family and community studies to discuss contrasting Methodist experiences of growth, maturity and decline and the factors which moulded them. It will reflect in particular on David Hempton's contention that Methodism thrived most where it 'forged a symbiotic fit with its host environments'. (D.Hempton, Methodism.Empire of the Spirit (2005), p.7)




The following programme, now cancelled, gives an outline of a typical Annual Meeting and Lecture.





   Wesley Memorial Methodist Church,
New Inn Hall St.

on Saturday 27th June 2020


Coffee/tea on arrival


1. 'The Holy Club and Oxford Methodism'
                    by Rev. Dr. Martin Wellings. 
2. 'Wesley Walk' led by Dr. Peter Forsaith,
        limited to twenty, and lasting 90 minutes

, please bring your own, drinks provided.

Wesley Historical Society, Annual General 

Annual Public Lecture: 'Communities of
            Dissent: Methodist Places and Habitats, 1850s
         to 1930s' by Dr. Kate Tiller, Reader Emerita in
       English Local History, Oxford University.

Drinks and depart



Recent Annual Lectures


Revd Margaret P, Jones MA, M Phil
Former Methodist Connexional Team Leader of the Formation in Ministry Office and Secretary for Presbyteral Ministry
‘Grand-daughters to Susanna: Women’s discipleship in Wesleyan Methodism, 1800-1850’


 Professor Michael Hughes,
Professor of Russian and International History – University of Liverpool.
'Methodism and the Challenge of the First World War’


Rev Dr Stephen Hatcher
Chair Methodist Heritage Sites Network Forum.
‘Prims in Print: the changing character of Primitive Methodism as seen through its literature’

2016 Emeritus Professor John Richard Watson
Formerly Professor of English, University of Durham.
‘Charles Wesley and eighteenth-century poetry’




Mr Gary M. Best M.A. (Headmaster Kingswood School 1987-2008)
John Cennick: the first Son of the Gospel
The lecture explored how John Cennick emerged as the first lay preacher,
and how significant his contribution was, why he fell out with the Wesleys and his later life.

Dr. Clive Field OBE.
Honary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham.
Bibliography Editor Wesley Historical Society.
Crosses on the Ballot: The Political Alignment of British Methodists 1832-2017.'

Rev. Dr. Ceri Jones, BA, FRHISTS,Rev. Dr. Ceri Jones, BA, FRHISTS,
 Reader in Early Modern History, Prifysgol Aberystwyth University.
'John Gilles, George Whitefield and the making of an evangelical past.'





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