Five Facts about the Class Tickets
1) Most class tickets contained a passage from the Bible.
2) Many of the tickets contained a large letter to indicate whether the ticket was still valid
3) Tickets were needed for entry into Methodist gatherings.
4) New class tickets were issued four times a year in March, June, September, and December.
5) Some members asked for all their tickets to be buried with them!
In 1742 a ‘class system’ within Methodism was introduced. The system encouraged members to gather together regularly in small groups in the homes of various members across the city. These groups or ‘classes’ as they were known met to pray and study the Bible together. Members were issued with a class ticket. If they did not behave properly this was taken away from them until they agreed to repent and reform. Membership gave you a sense of purpose and belonging within the Methodist community. There must have been a real sense of vision and excitement for members to give their time towards this movement, as well as the inevitable challenges of reforming society.
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How to find this item
Visit the Common Room and on your left hand side lift up the flap to reveal the Class Tickets
Seniors (65+) £6
Children (5-16) £4
Children (under 5) Free
Carer of disabled visitor Free
1 adult and up to 3 children £10
2 adults and up to 3 children £15
Additional children - £2 per child
Tickets are valid for one year, and include a free audio guide. Please note, these prices will be subject to review in 2021.
Monday - Saturday, 11am - 3pm
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm