DMBI Upgrade - 6 February 2023

A database upgrade is planned for Monday 6 February 2023 and it is anticipated that for around an hour from 9 a.m. GMT access to the Dictionary will be disrupted. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Welcome to the online version of the Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland, first published in book form in 2000. It is hosted on the Wesley Historical Society's website, with links to and from other major Methodist websites.

First made available in this format in May 2008, it celebrated its first anniversary by adding illustrations, especially portraits, to a number of the entries. More of these are being added as they become available.We have also converted the cross-references to hyperlinks, providing quicker and easier access to related entries from words underlined in the text.

The Dictionary continues to be expanded and kept as up-to-date as possible. We are particularly keen to add more local histories. Villages can only be considered if they have some particular Methodist significance; e.g. Epworth as the birthplace of the Wesleys, or Bemersley and Shebbear for their association with the early Primitive Methodist and Bible Christian movements. But many towns remain to be covered and we would be glad to hear from anyone able to offer such entries. The Dictionary's feedback facility may be used for this purpose.

John A. Vickers, 13 April 2014