The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History The Centre is part of the School of History, Philosophy and Culture in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and engages with its students and research activities. The aim of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History is to embody the historic links between Oxford Brookes University and the Methodist Church, through a programme of research activities and support for its special collections. The Centre organises lectures and seminars and has a signifi cant publications programme. It also works in partnership with centres in Manchester, Durham and Cambridge. Oxford has a rich past in relation to the church. It can claim to be the birthplace of Methodism where John and Charles Wesley’s small religious society first met from 1730.