In the wake of the World Missionary Conference held in Edinburgh in 1910, the Wesleyan (later, Methodist) Laymen's Missionary Movement was founded in 1912. It became renowned for its annual conference at Swanwick, Derbyshire, with outstanding speakers and international flavour. Women were first invited to the Conference in 1970 and to become members in 1972. The name was changed in 1986. Between 1961 and 1975 the MLMM raised £256,000 as a working capital fund for the MMS to obviate bank charges, but the movement's primary aim has been to raise awareness rather than funds. Annual regional Conferences have been held for many years in the North West and South West.