The collection of printed and archival material owned by the Methodist Church of Great Britain and deposited in the Methodist Archives and Research Centre (MARC) at The John Rylands Library is acknowledged to be one of the world’s finest resources for the study of evangelical religion.
The collection contains approximately 70,000 printed items and several million manuscripts dating from the early 18th century until the present. Methodists have been involved in every area of public life and the archive reflects this diversity, containing material across a wide spectrum of subject from secular education and the armed forces, to anti-slavery, spread of British influence overseas, industrial relations and political agitation.
For the first time, a guide to the entire Methodist collection has been made available online, in PDF format. This Guide to Methodist Resources at The University of Manchester contains summary descriptions of all the principal sub-collections within the MARC, divided into archival and printed categories. Other sections of the guide include the provenance of the collection, an overview of Methodist history, information about digital resources, and online and printed bibliographies.
It is intended that the guide will be periodically updated. Suggestions for improvements or revisions should be sent to Gareth Lloyd, Archivist: Gareth.firstname.lastname@example.org.