Room for historical drama
In 1739 John Wesley was asked by the members of two religious societies in Bristol to create ‘a new room’ where they could meet. Many of the features of early Methodism, including its ‘class system’ (a way of Christians encouraging each other), first appeared at the New Room.Learn More
Schools and Education Visits
We offer a number of exciting activities, resources and speakers to schools for children to learn more about the story of the New Room and the Wesleys.Education Programme Details
Poldark at the New Room
The New Room featured as a location in series 2 of the BBC's hit period drama Poldark.
The cast and crew spent 10 days in the chapel in November 2015 to make the episode, which was broadcast in October 2016.
In the episode, Captain Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) faces trial for alleged murder and wrecking.
The chapel was transformed into 'Bodmin Assizes Court' for the trial, which involved the removal of electric lights and the covering of modern features like radiators. All modern signage was removed and various props were brought in, including a dock and tables for the prosecution and defence.
The building project to create our new visitor centre had not yet begun, so the Horsefair Courtyard was used by the catering team to provide lunches and dinners, while the cast used the Common Room above the chapel as the 'green room' between takes.
Staff were able to meet the actors including Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza), Heida Reed (Elizabeth) and Hugh Skinner (Unwin).
We now have a banner featuring photos from the Poldark shoot on display in the chapel.
Cornish Methodism in Poldark
The 'Methodies' of Cornwall are featured in series 3 of Poldark when Demelza's brother Sam and Drake Carne appear.
Sam and Drake are Methodists and are given a piece of land by Demelza so that they can set up a preaching house.
They also get into trouble with Reverend Odgers at the parish church who disapproves of their enthusiastic singing and eventually bans them from services - so they stand outside singing!
Methodism has a rich history in Cornwall and you can find out more by clicking HERE
There is also an article on the Methodist Church's website on Methodism in Poldark - click HERE