Methodist Division of Education and Youth

Scope and Content

The records of the Division form a part of the general collection of Methodist divisional records and include papers relating to oversight of colleges and schools, ministerial candidates’ examination results, correspondence files, university chaplaincies, financial records relating to funding of education and papers documenting many areas of outreach to young people, such as Methodist youth organizations and Sunday schools.

Administrative / Biographical History

Oversight of Methodist schools and colleges rests ultimately with the Methodist Conference. Responsibility for implementation of policy and daily oversight has been vested since the early nineteenth century in a number of Conference-appointed committees, which expanded and evolved over a period of time into the Division of Education and Youth.


The collection has not been subject to archival arrangement and remains in its original order.

Access Information

A large number of these files are closed. Prospective readers should consult the archivist over access.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the UML to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

The Methodist Church

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the Collection was produced by Gareth Lloyd in 1995. The present catalogue has been produced to replace this with an ISAD(G) compliant catalogue.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Custodial History

The collection grew out of a record management programme within the Methodist Church.