The New Room: virtual events

While The New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel) is closed during the national lockdown, the team have been busy arranging some virtual events, which are open to everyone.

Wes Talks: Hannah More: Moral Reformer or Political Manipulator?

Taking place online at 7:30pm on 15 March, this event is part of a new series of talks for 2021 exploring life and faith in today’s world.

The New Room is pleased to welcome three speakers to join in conversation; historian and heritage educator Dr Jo Edwards (trustee of the Hannah More Trust), journalist and author Jane Duffus, and learning and development officer for The Methodist Church Dr Wendy Allen.

With the Georgian backdrop of satire, enlightenment and liberty, Bristol born Hannah More (1745-1833) raised her voice to campaign for what she believed. As an educator, social reformer and Bluestocking her values made centre stage in her playwriting, religious repository tracts and philanthropy.

Join the panel to explore More’s life, her views and discuss what we can learn from her earnestness to be heard in the midst of widespread opposition. This leads us to question: what has changed now for women campaigning against the grain in public life?

Everyone joining the New Room team for this Wes Talk will receive a Zoom code/link on the day of the event. You will also be invited to ask questions during the event if you wish. This event has been organised in conjunction with the Methodist Church’s Learning Network South West.

Tickets: £5

Click HERE for further information and to book your place.

Singing and stories workshop

In this free workshop,  taking place at 3pm on 22 March, the New Room museum shares stories of Bristol’s history you may be unfamiliar with; themes of slavery and abolition, healthcare, environmental concern, and social divide are all highlighted in the 12 rooms above where the New Room community choir usually meet for rehearsals.

Go along to a free online workshop session which combines these themes of social justice with singing historical songs. See real objects, hear first-hand accounts and be inspired to make a difference in your own community.

This workshop is facilitated by the New Room’s Collections Manager, Kate Rogers and registered Music Therapists and Community Choir leaders, Meg and Judit. The workshop will take place on Zoom, creating an interactive experience for participants. A Zoom link will be sent to all registered attendees on the day of the event.

This workshop is kindly funded and supported by the South West Museum Development Partnership.

Tickets: FREE, limited spaces

Click HERE for further information and to book your place.