2013 The ‘Putting the hearth back into the home’ project to discover and restore the fireplaces in the fore-kitchen and the entrance hall is being carried out in a visible way so that visitors can be part of the discoveries. This is taking the place of a special exhibition. Special exhibitions are planned for forthcoming years.
Here are some of the special exhibitions we have held in recent years:
2012 ‘The Rise and Impact of Global Methodism’ – looking at the history of Methodist missions around the world and the member churches of the World Methodist Council. The exhibition also included oral history so that the voices of five modern Methodists who grew up in five different countries could be heard as they reflected on the impact the Methodist church has had on them. This exhibition will be on show again in October 2013 as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of Methodist missions in Leeds.
2011 ‘The Bible, History and You’ – an exhibition to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. The oldest bibles in the Epworth Old Rectory collection were on show along with the family history contained within them. The exhibition also included a timeline of bible translations and the ‘handwritten bible’ project so visitors could sit and copy out a part of the bible by hand.
2010 ‘The Influence of John and Charles Wesley’. Showing some recently restored letters and prints, this exhibition considered many aspects of the Wesley brothers’ influence, and unearthed some interesting stories and influences, from artists like Hogarth and John Kay to contemporaries like Thomas Maxfield and Alexander Kilham.