Andrew Foster, BA, DPhil, FRHistS, FSA, FHA is an ecclesiastical historian who has published widely on bishops, cathedrals, parishes, clergy and churchwardens of the early modern period. Andrew is active in both the Royal Historical Society (having served as a Vice-President) and also the Historical Association (for which he chaired the Public History Committee). He is currently working on two major projects: (1) a collection of the correspondence and papers of Archbishop Richard Neile for publication by the Church of England Record Society, and (2) a two volume history of the dioceses of England and Wales, c.1540-1700. Read more
The image of John Wesley has been iconic beyond Methodism during and after his lifetime. On 22 May 2018, Lincoln hosted the annual Wesley Lecture, organised by the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History. Dr Peter Forsaith (Oxford Brookes University) delivered his lecture to a capacity audience in the Oakeshott Room. Read more
On 3 May 2018, Lincoln College welcomed Professor Robert Swanson (Emeritus Professor of Medieval Ecclesiastical History, University of Birmingham) and over forty guests to the Lincoln Unlocked Lecture. Entitled ‘Accounting for Souls in Pre-Reformation Oxford: Lincoln College, All Saints and St Michael’s at the Northgate’, Professor Swanson enlightened the group on the relationship between the two collegiate churches and Lincoln College as their corporate Rector. He also described the complexities of navigating this relationship by drawing on examples for his research in the College Archive and beyond. Read more
Conservators at the Oxford Conservation Consortium work to save Lincoln's heritage.
In the course of my work in the Archive, I have recently come across a tiny gem in the College collection of Wesleyana: The Methodist Pocket Book for the Year of our Lord 1798. The volume measures 8 x 12 cm and contains “poetry, anecdotes and a variety of useful and edifying articles” as well as blank spaces where the owner could record expenditure. The book was printed for G. Whitfield, City Road [Chapel], London and could be bought at Methodist Chapels “in Town & Country”. George Whitfield had been left John Wesley’s types and presses in his will, and he was a prominent publisher of Methodist works in the period following Wesley’s death. Read more