The President of the Methodist Conference, the Revd Loraine N Mellor and the Vice-President, Jill Baker, blog about their year of office which began on 24 June 2017. Read about the places they visit, the people they meet and the issues that concern them.
Thursday, 22 October 2015
Wesley College Collections - safe at last!
What an amazing collection!How wonderful to see John Wesley’ shorthand
diary, 1790-91 (D3/1), and “My mother’s conference with her daughter in the
hand of John Wesley, 1711/12 (D2/4).A
personal favourite was a tinted daguerreotype of an unknown woman, among other
members of staff (?) at Didsbury College, Manchester c1845 (E4/2/27-29).
The manuscripts and archives from Wesley College,
Bristol, are extraordinarily rich.They span
over 300 years, and include autograph letters by William Wilberforce, the Duke
of Wellington and Robert Peel. One of
the oldest books in the printed book collection, a volume of the Hebrew Bible, dating
from 1524, sent a shiver down my spine! These gems have been in storage since
the closure of the College, but have now taken their rightful place in the John
Rylands Library in Manchester.
A special Celebration was held on 15 October, to mark
their transfer to the John Rylands Library.Diarmaid MacCullloch, who catalogued the collection when he was at
Wesley College (1978-90), and Dr Henry Rack, spoke movingly about their involvement
with the collection.I was particularly
impressed to learn that Dr Rack’s father had been taught by A S Peake at
Hartley College! The event was hosted by
the John Rylands Library, and we are very grateful to Gareth Lloyd and Peter
Nockles, the archivists who do an amazing job of looking after our Connexional
David Hart, Diarmaid MacCulloch and Henry Rack
Special thanks to Philip Thornborow, Liaison Officer for Methodist Archives, whose
untiring efforts have secured the future of this collection, and Revd Dr David Hart, Chair of the Methodist
Church Archive and Records Advisory Group.
Rev Michael Parrott, a member of the Heritage Committee