The Centre is dedicated to a range of publications and research activities. These include the OCMCH Press, journal series, supervision of research degrees and the award of fellowships to people engaged in related fields of study.
Alongside one-off conferences, regular research events organised by the Centre include the Annual John Wesley Lecture, Ecclesiastical History Colloquium and Methodist Studies Seminars.
Each year, the Centre appoints visiting research fellows whose interests relate to our collections and expertise. Recent topics include:
- Pre-Raphaelite associate artist James Smetham
- religious celebrity in the 18th century
- aspects of 18th-century revivals
- Anglican-Methodist re-union
- critiques of early Methodism.
The OCMCH also caters for the supervision of research students who wish to study aspects of religious and Methodist history. Recent projects have investigated:
- early Methodist finances
- John Wesley’s ideas of education
- religion in 18th-century workhouses.