Gareth Lloyd, Ph.D. (Liverpool)

Archvist, Christian Religious Archives, John Rylands Library.

Since 1990 Dr Lloyd has worked as the curator in charge of Methodist manuscript and archival collections at the John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester. This is the finest research collection in the world for the study of early evangelical Christianity and includes the official archive of the Methodist Church of Great Britain. In 2011 his collection responsibilities were broadened to include all Christian religious archives at the Library, including significant material relating to the Moravian, Congregational, Baptist, Unitarian and Quaker traditions as well as ecumenism.

He has published extensively on Methodism, related evangelical movements and archival collections. He has presented at conferences in the UK and the USA, including the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. His particular area of interest remains Charles Wesley and the early Methodist movement. He is currently co-editor with Professor Kenneth G. C. Newport of the Charles Wesley Letters project (Oxford University Press).

Select Publications

The Letters of Charles Wesley: A Critical Edition, with Introduction and Notes 1728-1756 vol. 1, ed. with Kenneth G. C. Newport (Oxford, 2013). 

‘Scipio Africanus: The first Black Methodist’, Wesley and Methodist Studies 3 (2011), 87-95

'The Charles Wesley Letters Project: The Challenge and Methodology', Proceedings of the Charles Wesley Society 14 (2010), 25-40.

‘Methodist Printed and Archival Research Collections: A Survey of Material in UK/USA Repositories’, in Charles Yrigoyen Jr., ed., T & T Clark Companion to Methodism (T & T Clark International, 2010), 369-386.

Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity (Oxford, 2007).

'Charles Wesley manuscripts: a guide to provenance and location', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester 88/2 (2006), 121-131

"'Croakers and Busybodies: The Extent and Influence of Church Methodism in the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries', Methodist History, 42:1 (October 2003), 20-33.

 '"A Cloud of Perfect Witnesses: John Wesley and the London Disturbances of 1760-1763’, Asbury Theological Journal  57/1 (Fall 2001/Spring 2002), 1171-36.

'Charles Wesley and His Biographers: An Exercise in Methodist Hagiography', Bulletin of the John Rylands University Libary of Manchester 82/1 (2000).

 Email: gareth.lloyd@manchester.ac.uk