The membership ticket or 'class ticket' system is specifically Methodist. Class tickets originate in the 1700s, when the Methodist Church was a religious society and still within the Church of England. Members belonged to 'classes' within local Methodist societies, and every member received a ticket at least once a year.
Membership is an important milestone in becoming a Methodist, and membership tickets are still issued on a regular basis.
This selection dates between 1812 and 1963. The museum's earliest ticket was issued in 1771.