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Using churches for tourism. Jo Hibbard Methodist Heritage Officer 1C100U / 25 March 2011. Approved by the Methodist Conference in 2008 Recognised potential for mission of Church’s heritage But agreed poorly co-ordinated, under exploited and without necessary resources.

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using churches for tourism

Using churches for tourism

Jo Hibbard

Methodist Heritage Officer

1C100U / 25 March 2011

methodist heritage contemporary mission
Approved by the Methodist Conference in 2008

Recognised potential for mission of Church’s heritage

But agreed poorly co-ordinated, under exploited and without necessary resources

Methodist Heritage & Contemporary Mission
over 100 places to visit
Over 100 places to visit …

Family homes, unique outdoor preaching places, beautifully-restored chapels linked to the life of John Wesley and his legacy of the Methodist movement…

… and that’s without most of our hundreds of historic chapels: c550 are listed

methodist heritage handbook
Methodist Heritage Handbook

Travel trade show launch in March 2010:

Online from

March 2011:

our calling as a model for methodist heritage
The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God's love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.

Worship – work is rooted in worship

Learn & Care – stewards of a rich heritage, responsible for its care, but also custodians and tellers of its story

Service –heritage can help us to engage with our communities and neighbours

Evangelism – our heritage is a tool to speak about God’s love in Christ

Our Calling – as a model for Methodist Heritage
telling a good story the good news john 20 30 31
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.Telling a good story –the good newsJohn 20: 30 & 31
telling your good news story
The local story – invite others (including in your wider community) to share ‘memories’

YOUR story ‘then’ – seek out oral histories, experts, records

Your story ‘now’ – similarities?

The Methodist story – when and why did the Church engage in this ministry or teach this theology?

The Gospel story – why we do, what we do!






Telling your Good News story
four key heritage sites and two connexional archives
Four ‘key’ heritage sitesand two ‘Connexional archives’

The Old Rectory, Epworth

Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum, Crewe

The New Room, Bristol

Wesley’s Chapel, House & Museum, London

building from the bottom up

An ‘upside-down wedding cake’ model for developing Methodist Heritage

Historic chapels (c550 listed), church collections, church/circuit/private archives

’Second tier’ Methodist Heritage sites and regional groupings of wider Connexional significance

And District Archives Network

Key site EOR

Key site NRB

Key site WChpl

Key site EBC&M

Conn’xl Archives

Building from the bottom up
the new room charles wesley s house bristol tourist attractions with discipleship potential
The New Room & Charles Wesley’s House, Bristol – tourist attractions with discipleship potential

The New Room

First ever Methodist building

Multipurpose from start

Engaging today with civic and community life

A citycentre pastoral ministry

A new green space in shopping centre coming soon

Charles Wesley’s family home

18thC town house nearby

Aim to focus on the heritage of our hymnody

Developing educational programme

2 nd tier tolpuddle martyrs chapel near dorchester making friends and having influence
2nd tier: Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Chapel, near Dorchester – making friends and having influence

Nationally famous and internationally significant story in development of trade unionism

“Martyrs” mostly Methodists and local preachers

New Friends Development Group aiming for ‘new’ chapel to become part of village attractions: ‘old’?

Developing displays that explore complementary stories to TUC Museum

Linked in; being relevant to 21stC

what about our historic chapels 550 are listed
Can… get involved:

Methodist Heritage Sites’ Network

Annual meeting – 25 February 2012

At Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum of Primitive Methodism, near Crewe

Keep in touch: Heritage News

Tell your story online

Next phase (2012) of new Methodist Heritage website; in collaboration with Connexional Property Team

What about our historic chapels: 550 are ‘listed’?
north shore methodist church blackpool opening the doors and telling their story
North Shore Methodist Church, Blackpool –opening the doors and telling their story

8 – 11 September 2011

the churches tourism association
The Churches Tourism Association

The UK's leading body for promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to places of worship and developing the tourism

Contact Jo Hibbard

Methodist Heritage Officer

Methodist Heritage

Methodist Church House

25 Marylebone Road

London NW1 5JR


T: 020 7467 5257