One Chapel, Many Voices: Memories and Stories of The New Room

A New Room Oral History Exhibition, 24 May – 15 September in the Chapel

The New Room has relied upon the commitment of many people to enable it to be a place of hospitality, worship and welcome for all. This collection of oral histories includes accounts from 25 people who have been involved in a variety of ways in the life of the New Room, going back to the 1950s. There are stories from volunteers, staff members, trustees, those who lived in the small flat above the chapel and those who got married or had special services at the New Room. These stories range from early childhood memories, family stories of living in the flat, memories of special events and services held at the New Room and various developments of the building including greening the Broadmead courtyard and the recent Horsefair Project that concluded in 2017.

There will be an exhibition in the New Room from the 24 May until the 15 September where you will be able to listen to some of these stories and read more about the people and the stories. There are far more stories than those featured in the exhibition, and more will be available to listen to here, on the website.

All of the material will be stored in the archive at the New Room, including the full-length interviews with each person as well as all of the transcripts of the audio recordings. If you would like to listen to any of the interviews in full or find out more about the oral history project, please make an appointment with Kate Rogers, the Collections Manager, at or on 0117 9264740.

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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