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Schools, group visits and anyone interested in the 'back to basics', 19th century working class movement called Primitive Methodism, or popularly, 'the Ranters', are welcome at any time, but from November to March please contact us first to make an appointment.

Our new exhibition, 'Blood and Guts: a community at war' will open on 3 April 2014.  See here for opening times


Come and see

Printing Press dating from 1821
Banners made by George Tutill, a former fairground artist
Sarah Kirkland's gravestone, the first woman to become a Methodist minister in 1816
Pulpit from Wirksworth, used by Elizabeth Evans (immortalised as Dinah Morris)
Commemorative pottery
Loving cups
Hugh Bourne's boot


Built in 1828, different phases of its architecture and fittings reveal how social and religious attitudes changed over time.

Come and see

Box pews from 1832
Earliest Primitive Methodist pulpit, used in John Smith's kitchen in Tunstall from 1807
First organ used in a PM Chapel, in Silsden, 1828
John Dean's unusual grave
Chicago organ, bought for the Chapel in 1875
Victorian gasolier
Original hat and coat pegs


We have over 3,000 artefacts, so not all are on display at the same time. These include 115 banners, which you can see in our rolling digital display in the Museum. 

We also have an extensive Library, specialising in Primitive Methodist history, including local histories.

You can search our online catalogue.

Study Area

Researchers can come and use the resources in our study room. Please make an appointment if you would like to use material in the Library.

An indes to obituaries in the Primitive Methodist Magazine is particularly useful for family historians. There is a complete set of the Primitive Methodist Magazine (1819-1932) in our Library. This includes chapel openings, and memoirs of ordinary men, women and children. 

 'Virtual Archive'

There is a wealth of information available at 'My Primitive Methodist Ancestors'.  

Many people tracing their family history find they have a Primitive Methodist Ancestor. To bring together information about people and places, we have set up a community archive, where you can add your own stories, pictures and research. Anyone can add a page, anywhere in the world! It is growing everyday, and is a great place to publish your research to make it available to more people.

Special Events

There is a programme of special events throughout the year, including talks, study days and family activities. Check this website regularly for information on forthcoming events, including our monthly Heritage Services. 

Talks and Tours

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a talk, tour, or group visit to the Chapel and Museum. We also run a full programme for schools.