Tailored, hands-on activities have been designed to explore our three main themes of 18th century life, slavery and the abolition and the life of our Chapel. If you have any queries, or would like to make a booking please contact our Learning & Community Engagement Officer.
Visits to our site
Life in the 18th century
Experience what life was like in 18th century London! Workshops take place throughout the site in the House, Museum and Chapel to provide an insight into how John Wesley lived, his local community and an introduction to what Methodism is.
Learn about the rise of the slave trade from the 1500s through to the formation of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the abolition. Pupils are encouraged to think about what it means to be a slave with the use of replica objects and pieces from the Museum. They will learn about how John Wesley and Methodism became involved in the campaign to abolish slavery.
A Day in the life of our Church
Learn about how the Chapel is used and discover what goes on during a service with hands-on activities. In the Museum, pupils will find out about the beginning of the Methodist movement and its global reach.
If you can’t get to us our Learning & Community Engagement Officer can visit your classroom with our free outreach sessions. There are two sessions to choose from: ‘The Great Georgian Bake Off’ and ‘John Wesley’s Guide to Staying Healthy in the 18th Century’. Both sessions use object handling to understand more about how people lived in the 18th century and how this influenced John Wesley’s work.
In late 2021/early 2022 Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission hosted an exhibition called ‘Leadership on a Journey’ which looked at leaders from the Black British, Asian and global Methodist family. The ‘Migration Stories’ workshop is a downloadable resource that focuses on the stories of two of the leaders featured, Rev. Dr Inderjit Bhogal and Norman Mullings. It explores the impact of journeys, both physical and emotional, on the faith, work, and lives of Inderjit and Norman.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage 4: History: ‘Britain, migration, empires and the people c790 to the present day’
Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 Citizenship, Black History Month
Migration Stories .pptx, 9mb | Workbook .pdf, 7mb | Teacher’s Notes .pdf
Wesley’s Words of Change
In 2020 we partnered with Newington Green Meeting House and Benjamin Franklin House to develop a joint programme of education sessions related to literacy, dissent and change. All the workshops can be found here. The sessions are aimed at Upper Key Stage 2 and Lower Key Stage 3. Our session ‘Wesley’s Words of Change’ can be downloaded below:
- The Museum of Methodism and Wesley Teacher’s Information Pack
view / download (pdf)
This pre-visit pack supports visiting teachers by giving information on Wesley’s Chapel, House and Museum.