Front Quad of Lincoln College, the walls covered in bright green ivy

John Wesley

John Wesley was a Fellow of Lincoln from 1726 until he resigned his fellowship on his marriage in 1751. This exhibition sheds light on Wesley's time at Lincoln by bringing together a wide variety of material from the College's historic collections: letters and other documents from the College archives, books from the Wesley Collection and the Senior Library, and artefacts such as portraits and silver that still form part of College life.

Wesley's election in the College Register
Old page with handwritten text featuring Wesley's election in the College Register
17th century wall art in Wesley’s former rooms
17th century wall art in Wesley’s former rooms - figure of a bird, likely to be a cockerel
Benefactors' payments
Page from an account book showing benefactors' payments
Rector Euseby Isham, Wesley's friend and colleague
Portrait of Rector Euseby Isham
Wesley's collegiate routine
Illustration from the 1743 Oxford Almanack showing the layout of the College during Wesley’s time, along with depicting the founders and the two collegiate churches in Oxford: All Saints and St Michael’s at the Northgate.
Wesley's collegiate routine
Pages from the Matriculation Register listing scholars entered in the Rectorship of Euseby Isham AM
Wesley's letter of resignation
Handwritten text featuring Wesley's letter of resignation
Lincoln in Wesley's time
Engraving of an aerial view of Lincoln College
The Wesley Room at Lincoln College
The Wesley Room
Morgan's silver decanter
Westley Hall's silver jug
Westley Hall's silver
Westley Hall's silver sauce boat
John and Charles Wesley hymns, 1761
Title page of Hymns for Those to Whom Christ is All in All, London MDCCLXI
Wesley's first published sermon
Title page of Wesley's first published sermon, preached at St. Mary's in Oxford on Sunday, September 21, 1735
A New Spiritual Christmas-box pamphlet
Front page of a pamphlet titled A New Spiritual Christmas-box
Wesley's walking stick
Wesley's walking stick
Wesley's letter to former student
Wesley's letter to former student