Portable Pulpit or Preaching Stand

Portable Pulpit or Preaching Stand
Portable Pulpit or Preaching Stand
2015/14590

1950-2000 / Metal / Metalwork / Methodism / Ministers, Preachers & Associates / Other / Wood
Metal and wood
Mid 1900s

This portable, folding preaching stand was used regularly by Donald Oliver Soper, Baron Soper (1903 –1998) at London's Speaker's Corner, Hyde Park.

Soper was a Methodist minister, pacifist and socialist, who was known for his powerful preaching and wit. From 1936 until his retirement in 1978, he was the minister of Kingsway Hall, the home of the West London Methodist Mission. The mission exercised a ministry of practical care for marginalised groups. Soper served as President of Conference in 1953-54 and was awarded a life peerage in 1965.