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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Methodist Heritage Officer
1C100U / 25 March 2011
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
Travel trade show launch in March 2010:
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 ChristOur Calling – as a model for Methodist Heritage
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!
5Telling your Good News story
The Old Rectory, Epworth
Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum, Crewe
The New Room, Bristol
Wesley’s Chapel, House & Museum, London
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 ArchivesBuilding from the bottom up
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
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
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 TeamWhat about our historic chapels: 550 are ‘listed’?
8 – 11 September 2011
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