Humf’s album

The College marked the centenary of the end of WW1 with an exhibition featuring items from the Archive as well as the private collection of Julian Mitchell, Clerk of Works. The exhibition has benefited from donations received in the last year, including one item which came very recently.

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The John Wesley Lecture: Re-imaging John Wesley

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. Continue reading “The John Wesley Lecture: Re-imaging John Wesley”

Accounting for Souls: Lincoln Unlocked Lecture, Trinity Term 2018

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. Continue reading “Accounting for Souls: Lincoln Unlocked Lecture, Trinity Term 2018”

Conservation: Bursar’s Day Books

Conservators at the Oxford Conservation Consortium work to save Lincoln’s heritage.

Bursar's Day Book 1725 before treatment Page from Bursar's Day Book 1722 after treatmentAmongst the College’s administrative records in the Archive lie a series Bursar’s Day Books dating from 1673 to 1881. Being the College’s business manager, an annual appointment for Bursar was made from amongst the Fellowship until the 20th century. The day-to-day financial activities of the College were recorded in the Day Books, on which the Bursar would draw when it was time to prepare the annual accounts. Continue reading “Conservation: Bursar’s Day Books”

A Methodist Pocket Book

In the course of my work in the Archive, I have recently come across a tiny gem in the College collection of Wesleyana:img_1187 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. Continue reading “A Methodist Pocket Book”