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            The arrangements for the AGM have had to be changed. It had been arranged to hold the meeting as part of the proposed two day Residential Conference at Bristol on the 17th and 18th of June. Regrettably this has now had to be reduced to a one day conference only.

            Therefore the AGM will now be a Zoom meeting at 2.00pm on Thursday 7th July. As with last year, members wishing to join should email distribution@wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk not later than  Friday 1st July so that the Zoom invitation, agenda, and papers may be sent.

David Leese (WHS General Secretary)





These will take place over one day only, on Friday 17th June, at the New Room, Bristol. The theme is 'Slavery and freedom in the Nonconformist traditions'. The keynote conference presentation will be by Dr Edson Burton on 'Renewal and action: Bristol reimagines the Transatlantic Slave Trade 1994-2021'.

The Annual Lecture will be given by Professor Douglas M. Strong, Seattle Pacific University, on 'A Practical Wesleyan-Holiness Theology as Foundational for 19th Century Transatlantic Racial Justice Advocacy'.

There will be an informal conference dinner (attendees pay) on Thursday 16th June. The conference and lecture are free but members wishing to stay overnight will be responsible for their own accommodation. To book the conference/lecture or dinner please contact Clive Norris, the Conference Secretary, cnorris@brookes.ac.uk





 Wesley Historical Society Conference, Friday 17 June 2022

John Wesley's New Room, 36 The Horsefair, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3JE


Draft programme


Thursday 16 June      

19.00                           Informal conference dinner


Friday 17 June

10.00                           Arrivals; coffee available from 10.30; New Room museum open

11.00-11.15                Introduction and welcome (Rev. Dr Tim Macquiban)

11.15-11.30                 Rev. P. J. Jackson (Bristol and South Gloucestershire Methodist

11.30-12.00                 Dr Edson Burton (Bristol-based historian)

                                      'Renewal and action: Bristol reimagines the Transatlantic Slave Trade 1994-2021'

12.00-12.30                 Dr John Lenton (WHS)

                                      'Two Black Methodist female evangelists compared: Zilpha Elaw Schum and Amanda Berry Smith in Britain

12.30-14.00                 Lunch; optional visit to New Room library and archive or Charles Wesley’s house

14.00-15.00                 Dr Clive Norris (WHS)

                                      'John Wesley and enslavement revisited'

                                       Daniel Johnson (University of Leicester)

                                      '"And Wash the Ethiop White": Whiteness as salvation and the reception history of Wesley's Conversion Hymn'           

15.00-15.15                 Readings and prayers (Rev. Dr Tim Macquiban)

15.15-16.15                 Annual Lecture (Professor Douglas Strong)

                                      'A Practical Wesleyan-Holiness Theology as Foundational for 19th Century Transatlantic Racial Justice Advocacy'

16.15-16.45                Members' update (brief presentations on current research etc.)

16.45                           Afternoon Tea / End of Conference         



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’

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, Reader in Early Modern History, Prifysgol Aberystwyth University.
'John Gilles, George Whitefield and the making of an evangelical past.'

Dr Kate Tiller, OBE, DL, BA, PhD Birmingham, MA Oxford, FSA, FRHistS.
'Communities of Dissent : Methodist people, places and environments 1850 to 1930.'





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