Education and School Visits

Who was John Wesley?

What did he do in Bristol?

Why is his story important to people all over the world?

Why did his views on slavery cause a riot?

Find out the answers to all these questions and more by booking a visit to the New Room for your class or group. We offer age-appropriate and curriculum-linked tours and workshops for all ages in our new, expanded facilities, which include:

  • The New Room – 18th century chapel and gallery, the oldest Methodist building in the world and still a working chapel.
  •  The Museum - this creative space tells the story of the Wesleys and Methodism with hands-on displays and learning opportunities across 12 rooms.
  • Education Room – a fully equipped room for school groups, including film and Powerpoint facilities. NB this room can also be used as an indoor lunch space if required.
  • Café
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Lift

Available workshops:

Introducing John Wesley and the New Room 

(Reception and Key Stage One)

Curriculum Links: RE - Why are some places special?

Through an introductory talk and tour around our chapel and interactive museum, pupils can learn about John Wesley and his work in Bristol and beyond. Why is the chapel such a special place? Who are the Methodists? Can be tailored to include a quiz and/or other activities as required.

Length of workshop: At least one hour - can be tailored to be a longer session.

Price: £4 per pupil with accompanying teachers/helpers free.

 

Introducing John Wesley and the New Room

(Key Stage Two)

Curriculum Link: RE - How should we live and who can inspire us?

Curriculum Link: History – A Local History Study

Tailored lesson plans on John Wesley from SACRE available via this link:

http://www.awarenessmysteryvalue.org/2016/c06-exemplars-distinctively-local-schemes-of-learning/

Through an introductory talk and tour around our chapel and interactive museum space, pupils can learn about John Wesley and his work in Bristol and beyond. Why is the chapel such a special place? Who are the Methodists? What did John Wesley believe and how is this relevant to us today? Can be tailored to include a quiz and/or other activities as required.

Length of workshop: At least 1 hour - can be tailored to a longer session.

Price: £4 per pupil with accompanying teachers/helpers free.

Slavery and Abolition

(Key Stages Two and Three)

Curriculum Link: History – A Local History Study.

John Wesley caused a small riot when he preached against slavery from the pulpit in the New Room in 1788. Local merchants sent men to disrupt the service. Undeterred, he continued to support the abolition movement. His last letter before his death was sent to the MP William Wilberforce, supporting his anti-slavery campaign.

We have developed workshops for Key Stages 2 and 3 which explore issues of slavery and abolition in Bristol.

A typical running order over two hours would be:

  • a tour of the chapel and introduction to John and Charles Wesley
  • a tour of the museum, particularly looking at the exhibits featuring slavery and abolition
  • a 're-enactment' of John Wesley's anti-slavery sermon and the ensuing riot
  • short workshops exploring various topics, choosing from:
  • John Wesley's letter to William Wilberforce
    The Commitment Game - looking at Wesley's priorities
    The Good Samaritan - a storyboard exercise drawing on the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan and how it influenced Wesley
    Slavery Today - an age-appropriate video exploring child slavery in the Ivory Coast today, with discussion and role play.
    John Wesley’s ‘Manifesto’ – what did Wesley believe and how is it relevant to today

Length of visit: 2 hours

Price: £4 per pupil with accompanying teachers/helpers free.

We work in partnership with Bristol Cathedral and can offer a day in conjunction with the Cathedral with activities at both sites exploring abolition and slavery. (e.g. two hours at the Cathedral and two hours at the New Room with lunch in between).

We also work in partnership with Bristol Insight buses (formerly City Sightseeing). An open top bus tour exploring Bristol's sites of interest linked to slavery and abolition is available (approx 1 and a half hours, prices available from Bristol Insight) www.bristolinsight.co.uk

 

Charles Wesley's House 

(Key Stages One and Two)

Curriculum Links: RE and History

Take a step back in time at Charles Wesley's House (near Bristol Bus Station). Pupils can learn about the story of Charles Wesley and his very talented family. During a two-hour visit, a typical class of 30 is split into four smaller groups who take part in four 30-minute workshops.

  1. Dressing up in 18th century costume and exploring the house
  2. Learning about life in the 18th century and writing on slates with chalk
  3. Learning about the kitchen and making lavender bags
  4. Finding out about the portraits of Charles Wesley's two sons and drawing their own portrait

Cost: £4 per pupil with accompanying teachers/helpers free

RE Days for Primary Schools

Our education team have devised an RE Day which introduces a whole school to John Wesley. We can run lesson plans and assemblies for Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 across a day! Please contact our Education Officer  for details.

Booking a Visit

If you would like to know more about any of these workshops, or would like to make a booking, please contact our Education Officer, Mandy Briggs via education@newroombristol.org.uk or by ringing 0117 926 4740.

Safeguarding

Our Education Officer and members of the education team are all DBS checked.  A risk assessment for your visit is available on request.

Other Groups for Young People

If you are a leader of a uniformed organisation, Junior Church group, Sunday School, activity group or any other group for children or young people, please contact our team if you would like to bring your group to visit the New Room. Early evening and after-school slots are available.

Adult Learners and Groups

Please contact the New Room to discuss a tailored visit and group booking.