The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre have worked in partnership for several years. In 2012, the centres established a bi-annual seminar series that has now extended to include the Wesley Study Centre, St John’s College, Durham University; Wesley House, Cambridge; Cliff College; and The Queen's Foundation, Birmingham. The seminars provide an opportunity for established and emerging scholars of Methodist Studies to present the findings of their research. We conceive of Methodist Studies broadly and aim to provide opportunities for students of history, theology, literature, art, material culture and other fields related to Methodism.

The next seminar will be at the John Rylands Library in Manchester (organised by the MWRC and Cliff College) on Friday 20 April 2018. Proposals for 25 minute papers are now being accepted until 10 March 2018. Proposals consisting of a title and short abstract should be submitted to Drs George Bailey and Geordan Hammond at the email addresses below. Attendance is free of charge; however, to help us with planning catering, please register by emailing Helen Stocker at: by 12 April.  

The second 2018 seminar will be at The Queen's Foundation in Birmingham (organised by Queen's and the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History) on Saturday 8 December. 

The inaugural seminars were held in April 2012 in Oxford and December 2012 in Manchester, the 2013 seminars in April 2013 in Oxford and November 2013 in Manchester, the 2014 seminars in April 2014 in Oxford and December 2014 in Manchester, and the 2015 seminars in April in Oxford and December in Manchester. The April 2016 seminar was in Durham and December seminar in Oxford. The April 2017 seminar was in Cambridge and the December 2017 seminar was in Durham.

Contacts for the Seminars

Papers delivered at the seminars can be considered for publication in journals connected to the sponsoring institutions: Wesley and Methodist Studies (Manchester and Oxford), Theology and Ministry (Durham), Holiness (Cambridge). 

For enquiries relating to Oxford-Birmingham seminars contact Dr Peter Forsaith: and Dr Judith Rossall: 

For enquiries relating to Manchester seminars contact Dr Geordan Hammond: and Dr George Bailey:

For enquiries relating to Durham seminars contact Dr Liz Kent:

For enquiries relating to Cambridge seminars contact Dr Jane Leach:

April 2017 Seminar at Wesley House, Cambridge

April 2017 Seminar at Wesley House, Cambridge