Heritage Room

Featured Article. Bishop Street Heritage Room was opened in September 2014, to provide a place for developing our Heritage displays and research.

‘Mission Matters’, a Methodist publication, featured it in the article you can download here (pdf - 518Kb)

You can  find some of our information boards and display material as pdfs here

THIS IS OUR STORY: The Bishop Street Heritage Project

Customers to the Chapel Cafe, exhibition visitors, school children and concert-goers are just some of those who come into our historic chapel week by week. They are often surprised by the spacious and beautiful interior and ask about its history.

Now, with the help of a Heritage Grant from the Connexional Grants Committee we are creating resources and organising events to answer their questions. These grants are given not simply to preserve old buildings and documents. They are for projects where Heritage is part of the Church's outreach to local people and tourists, inspiring them to 'think about the meaning and practice of Christian faith and engage with Methodism'. At the same time, such projects should challenge and deepen the faith of church members so that we are equipped to take part more fully in mission.

The hard work of the Heritage Team has secured funding for us to tell our story and rediscover our links to the origins, growth and development of the worldwide Methodist Church. The Heritage project will be part of the wider 'Story of Leicester' project to help local people and visitors understand Leicester and its rich history and historic buildings. We hope that a fascination with Heritage will draw people to our Chapel and encourage them to think about the ways in which faith has shaped the life of our City.

The Heritage Project has three main strands:

- the display and safe storage of archives, objects and oral history, in a Heritage Room

- the creation of resources to communicate our story (eg. visitors, school parties)

- events and exhibitions on historical themes (1914-18 War, Bishop Street Bicentenary)

We look forward to sharing more of our plans as the project unfolds.


Oral History

This is an on-going attempt to record oral history particularly relating to Bishop Street in former decades, and for Methodism in Leicester generally. If you have memories yourself, or know people who will have memories and are willing to be interviewed please get in touch with the church office.
Also, if you are interested in doing interviews, or helping with the oral history project or any other aspect of Methodist heritage, we would love to hear from you


Bishop Street Methodist Church

Job Advert: Arts enabler at Bishop Street Methodist Church.
see below:

Wondering Soul Exhibition -
Coming to Leicester: May 3rd to June 9th 2019

For full details of how to get involved as a volunteer or run an activity or project alongside the exhibition, visit the event website


There are two District Preparation Days, to meet up with the organisers and other interested people:

Wed, 6 March 2019, 7:15 - 8:45 pm
Mon 11th March, 2.15 PM - 3.45 pm

Both preparation events will be at Bishop Street Methodist Church. Learn about the opportunities the Wondering Soul exhibition will bring during our planning and preparation sessions.

Are you a Methodist who enjoys and cares about art?

If so then you’ll be excited to hear that the Methodist Modern Art Collection is coming to five venues in Leicester from 2nd May - 9th June 2019, with lots of opportunities to get involved and help make the event happen.

Meet the team behind the exhibition, who will be on hand to help you make the most of the exhibition, personally and in your church’s life and mission.

The exhibition will include the art itself, activities to engage children and adult art-lovers in their responses, special events, talks and there is also opportunity to book a ‘tour’ of the Bishop Street building itself (an architectural treat of Methodist heritage).

The café will be open till 4pm and at the evening session we can offer soup and bread.

This will be an exciting chance to introduce you to the art and to the opportunities the exhibition will bring.

Please note that there will be an optional tour of the venues one hour before each session.

To book a place on the Preparation day please visit

for Wednesday March 6th: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wondering-soul-district-preparation-day-tickets-55698546853

Download a poster with more details here.

Bishop Street Methodist Church – Arts Enabler and Administrator:


Do you think God and the Arts belong together? 
If so we’d like to hear from you!

Engage with artists and creators who can provide exhibitions and experiences; Develop and facilitate Arts and Spirituality work at Bishop Street Methodist Church.  Communicate well through social media to reach new audiences. Ideally we are seeking someone already well-connected in Leicester/shire networks.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for this post.

Hours: 7 hours a week for 2 years
Wage: £13.48 an hour

Application deadline: Monday 11th March 2019
to download the application form and additional documents please visit

For details of exhibitions and activities at Bishop Street Methodist Church see our events page...



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