Welcome to the MWRC

The Manchester Wesley Research Centre promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology.

The MWRC is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College in the Manchester suburb of Didsbury and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.

Contact Us

If you are interested in further information about the Wesley Centre and its programmes, or would like to be placed on the mailing list for information about forthcoming events, please contact the Director at the following address:

Manchester Wesley Research Centre
Dene Road
Didsbury, Manchester
England M20 2GU

MWRC Director
Geordan Hammond, Ph.D.
Email: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk

MWRC Assistant
Helen Stocker, M.Theol.

MWRC Postgraduate Assistant
Kelly Yates, M.A.
Email: kelly.yates-2@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk



The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre have worked in partnership for several years, most significantly in organising a successful international and interdisciplinary conference in 2009, ‘Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploring Church and Methodism in a Local Setting’.

The two Centres have established a bi-annual seminar series which take place in the spring [Oxford] and autumn [Manchester]. These seminars provide an opportunity for established and emerging students of Methodist Studies to present the findings of their research and scholarship. 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 in Manchester on Saturday 6 December. A draft programme is available here. The next Oxford seminar will be on Saturday 18 April 2015. 

The inaugural seminars were held in April 2012 in Oxford and December 2012 in Manchester, and the 2013 seminars in April 2013 in Oxford and November 2013 in Manchester. A programme for the April 2014 seminar can be found here.

Call for Papers

Papers delivered at the seminars can be considered for publication in Wesley and Methodist Studies, which is sponsored by the two Centres. 

For enquiries relating to Oxford seminars contact Dr Peter Forsaith: pforsaith@brookes.ac.uk

Proposals for 20-30 minute papers for the December 2014 Manchester seminar are now being accepted until 15 September. Proposals should include a paper title and short abstract of the paper (ca. 250 words), and be sent to Dr Geordan Hammond: ghammond@nazarene.ac.uk