The site of the largest collection of Primitive Methodist memorabilia and artefacts has opened a new museum store, which gives visitors potential access to more than 5,000 items that were previously stored offsite.
The Museum of Primitive Methodism is in the Hugh Bourne Memorial School, which was buiIt in 1914. It tells the story of this 19th century working class movement which transformed people’s lives, with its message of ‘Freedom, Equality and Fraternity’.
Primitive Methodists became leaders of the early trade unions, fighting for better working conditions. Joseph Arch was the first leader of the Farm Labourers Union, and Peter Lee had a new town named after him as a tribute to his work for miners. It is rightly said that, ‘the Labour Movement owes more to Methodism than it does to Marx’.