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Name of Library: Independent Methodist Archives

Address: Fleet Street, Pemberton, Wigan. WN5 0DS

Town: Wigan

Telephone: 01942 223526

Fax: 01942 227768

E-mail: archives@imcgb.org.uk

Website: http://www.imcgb.org.uk

Alternative names

Independent Methodist Churches Resource Centre


John Dolan

Job Title

Connexional Archivist

Purpose and 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


Library is entirely referemce. Some items on permanent loan to John Rylands Library,




Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals

2 (own publications)


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


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.


Minutes of Independent Methodist Annual Meetings, 1828 onwards.

Research resource

History of the Independent Methodists, together with insights into broader aspects of

nonconformist thought.

Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue

Other facilities


Full Time Staff 1

Part Time Staff 1

Voluntary Staff 1

Future plans


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.

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