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 PROJECT:
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