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Death Mask of John Wesley

The original Death Mask of John Wesley is housed in the Osborn Collection at Drew University. This copy is one of three made from the original. The other two are in Wesley’s Chapel, London and Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas USA.

Authenticated Lock of Wesley’s Hair

The World Methodist Museum houses two authenticated locks of John Wesley’s hair.

A Christian Library – First Edition

Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A Christian Library

These “Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,” as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The World Methodist Museum houses the First Edition of all 50 volumes.

John Wesley’s Travelling Pulpit

This Traveling Pulpit was used by John Wesley at two known outdoor preaching points in London. The pulpit was first kept in the West Street Chapel in Piccadilly and moved outdoors for use near Seven Dials. Later is was kept at the Old Foundry where it was use in the Moorfields nearby. The “one-of-a-kind” pulpit was discovered in the crypt of Wesley’s Chapel during the restoration in the 1970s and given to the World Methodist Council by the Methodist Conference in Great Britain.

Aldersgate Memorial Replica

The John Wesley’s Conversion Place Memorial in London is located above Aldersgate Street, near the entrance to The Museum of London, by the line of Nettleton Court. Here the founder of Methodism, John Wesley, had his well-known heartwarming experience on May 24, 1738. On its face without comment is John Wesley’s own account of the day, Wednesday, May 24, 1738,

“I think it was about five this morning, that I opened my Testament on these words, ‘Thou are not far from the kingdom of God,’ In the afternoon I was asked to go to St. Paul’s. The anthem was, ‘Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice…’ “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my Heart strangely warm’d. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for Salvation: And an Assurance was given to me, That He had taken away my Sins, even mine, and saved me from the Law of Sin and Death.”

The London Conversion Place Memorial was created by British Methodist layman and architect, Martin Ludlow. This quarter-sized copy was commissioned by Jimmy Davis and given to the Museum to honor his wife, Fleeta.