Scope and Content

Containing the following:

-Ceremony of Presentation of the Revd. Dr [Archibald Walter] Harrison Memorial gift at Didsbury College, Manchester 27 Jun. 1953

-Photograph of the plaque recording the furnishing of the library of Didsbury College, Manchester, by the MEC in memory of Revd. Dr [Archibald Walter] Harrison, with accompanying letter 1953

-Minute book of the Queenswood Trust (Queenswood School) with accompanying correspondence 1893-94

-Letter of the Wesleyan Education Committee re asking Wesleyan teachers to subscribe to the Wesleyan Education Fund 1874

-Engraving of Wesley College, Sheffield, with a poem underneath, the first line of which is 'O how unlike the complex works of man', inscribed J.W. Kempe, Wesley College Dec.1848

Administrative / Biographical History

Archibald Walter Harrison (1882-1946) was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, and trained for the Wesleyan ministry at Didsbury College in Manchester.

From 1921 to 1930 he was Vice Principal and from 1930 to 1940 Principal of Westminster Teaching Training College in Oxford. He also acted as Secretary of the Methodist Education Committee. Harrison was a well-respected historian who wrote many works of Methodist history.

Harrison died suddenly during his term of office as President of Conference.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

Wesley College opened in Sheffield in 1838. It was originally called the Wesleyan Proprietary Grammer School and after passing into local authority hands in 1904 became the King Edward VII Grammar School

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) under Sheffield