Independent Methodist Archives

Last updated 9th January 2009 
Name of library Independent Methodist Archives 
Address Fleet Street, Pemberton, Wigan. WN5 0DS 
Telephone 01942 223526 
Fax 01942 227768 
Alternative names Independent Methodist Churches Resource Centre 
Contact & Job Title John Dolan,  Connexional Archivist
Purpose & main user community of the library Researchers and denominational church and family history 
Terms of access By appointment 
Opening hours M-F 10.00-17.00 
Disabled access No disabled toilet 
Lending to other libraries & visitors Library is entirely referemce. Some items on permanent loan to John Rylands Library, Manchester. 
Number of volumes  300 
Periodicals – Back Issues  3
Current Periodicals 2 (own publications) 
Other materials Several hundred circuit plans, slide sets (mainly overseas missions), videos, photographs, computerised catalogue of stock  incomplete, boxed records of churches, e.g. baptismal registers, minute books, financial records, ephemera. 
Volumes added per year  
Coverage  History of the denomination, its churches and individual biographies.
Special Collections Books and letters by Horace Banner, former missionary in Amazon Rainforest (c.1928-74) Collection of local church printed histories. Printed minutes of Independent Methodist Annual Meetings, various years to 1860, complete from 1862. * Magazines of the Independent Methodist Churches 1823-29, 1847 to present day * Independent Quarterly Magazines, 1927-1936 * Wingates Messenger Magazines 1891-1941 * These are the three sets of periodicals noted above. 
Manuscripts Minutes of Independent Methodist Annual Meetings, 1828 onwards. 
Research resource History of the Independent Methodists, together with insights into broader aspects of nonconformist thought. 
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Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library Duplicate copies of some magazines and annual meeting minutes have been deposited with the John Rylands Library, Manchester (Methodist Archives), and the Wesley Studies Centre, Oxford Brookes University.