Standing order 015 is the
authority to preserve the records of the church.
See CPD Vol 2 - pages
What needs to be preserved?
on best practice in retaining records (Word
Retention Schedules for Methodist Records (Xls
Where should it go?
Church and Circuit records are usually
deposited at local authority Archives and Record Offices. Record
Offices also hold copies of Parish Records (Church of England),
records from other non-conformist groups, wills, grants of probate,
cemetery records and a range of other sources.
The current arrangements are that we go by
where the "head' church of the Circuit is. This can sometimes mean
that the Methodist records for a place are not in the same
repository as the local government records, for example.
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The records of Districts are usually deposited
following a decision by Synod: wherever makes most sense.
Connexional records are currently deposited in
the John Rylands Library of the University of Manchester, and the
records of the Methodist Missionary Society are looked after by
What happens if Circuits
When Circuits merge you will need to tell the
archivists in the repositories you are using, and they will close
the series which contain the old circuit(s). Wherever you decide to
deposit the records of the new Circuit, they will set up a new
In some cases, if all the old circuits were in
the same local authority, you will continue to use the same record
office. If the new circuit crosses local authority boundaries, and
the different churches within it used to deposit their material in
different places, the Circuit Meeting will have to make a decision.
The current arrangements are that we go by where the "head' church
of the Circuit is. That is usually the place named in the Circuit
name. Fine if you are in the Loughborough Circuit, but less so if
your circuit is Hants-Surrey Border, for example, or even Bede!
The important thing is that you deposit the
records somewhere, and inform the Liaison Officer for Methodist
who will be happy to offer further guidance on the most sensible
Reproducing Baptismal, Marriage and
There is a great deal of interest among family
historians in baptismal, marriage and burial records. As Record
Offices quite rightly wish to preserve the actual documents, they
may ask for permission to microfilm or digitise the registers.
Permission may be granted by the Trustees for
Methodist Church Purposes, and these requests should be forwarded
The Mission and Advocacy Cluster
Methodist Church House
25 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5JR
020 7467 5214 [direct line]
What does the District or Circuit
Guidelines for Methodist Archivists (Word
For more on archiving see www.methodistheritage.org.uk