Methodist Historical Society of Ireland Library and Archives

Located in Edgehill College is the world’s largest archive of original Irish Methodist manuscript and early printed material. In partnership with the Methodist Historical Society of Ireland, the College is the first port of call for Irish and international students researching all aspects of Methodist history, theology and social interaction in Ireland.

Opening hours

The MHSI Archive and Library is located at Edgehill College, 9 Lennoxvale, Belfast and is open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Visitors are welcome to come to the library to research family history and learn more about the story of the Methodist Church in Ireland since its beginnings in 1747.

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Contact us

Tel: 028 9068 6934 (Wed & Thurs 9.30 am – 1.00 pm)

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Manuscript archives

The MHSI archive holds original John and Charles Wesley manuscript letters and poetry as well as diaries, journals and letters of early Irish Methodist preachers.

The archive is also a major resource for social and family historians with major collections of Irish Circuit and Society records, including marriage and baptismal registers.

This collection is being added to continually as contemporary collections of correspondence, photographs and other illustrative material is received from individuals and Church departments.


Among the thousands of printed volumes are the early Dublin printed editions of Charles Wesley’s hymns, John Wesley’s journals and letters, as well as a complete set of Wesley’s Christian Library.

The library also holds complete sets and card indexes of Irish Methodist periodicals including the Dublin printed edition of the Methodist Magazine (1802-1822), the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Magazine (1823-78), and the Irish Evangelist (1859-1883). The long-running Christian Evangelist (1883-1971) is a resource for historians of the late 19th and early 20th century debates surrounding Home Rule and the Ulster Covenant.

Clergy Records

The MHSI library maintains a database of Methodist ministers who have served in Ireland from the late eighteenth century to the present.