George Whitefield Talk

Come and hear a talk from eminent Historian and Author Gary Best on one of the most under-celebrated preachers of the 18th century.

Largely forgotten, George Whitefield (1714-1770) was hailed by newspapers of the day as a ‘marvel of the age’. His preaching commanded thousands and among the enthralled was actor David Garrick who commented, “I would give a hundred guineas if I could say ‘Oh’ like Mr. Whitefield.”

It was in 1739, having committed to work in America, that Whitefield wrote a letter to John Wesley asking him to, “Come and water what God has enabled me to plant.” After accepting the invitation Wesley arrived in Bristol on 31 March 1739 and commenced preaching immediately.

Why not combine this talk with a visit to the Museum at the New Room? Click here to find out more.

Don’t forget to visit the George Whitefield pop-up exhibition in the Chapel which is on display on 20 July.

Tuesday 5 June, 10.30am – 12 noon in the Horsefair Room.

This talk is free of charge, but donations to the work of the New Room are welcome.


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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