W.H.Y. Titcomb: Drama of the Open-Air Stage

In this spotlight exhibition, John Wesley’s New Room premieres the first showing of a painting by twentieth century Newlyn artist, William Titcomb. The painting depicts John Wesley, founder of Methodism preaching in the open-air. The exhibition explores Titcomb’s love of drama which led him to depict a contentious moment defining Wesley’s life and legacy. We invite you to study the crowd, watch them be captivated by a moment, a message. Examine the scene, and celebrate and reflect Bristol’s ongoing story of public activism and free speech.

Saturday 1 October – Saturday 4 February 2023

Free with normal admission to the museum.


This exhibition is made possible thanks to support from the South West Museum Development Programme.


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John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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