News October 2023 Perspective Online

World Methodist Exhibition Opens

In the late spring of 2021, the World Methodist Council announced that Bridwell Library would be the recipient of the World Methodist Museum collections held in Lake Junaluska, NC. Two years later, the first exhibition of the museum opened on Oct. 2. The exhibition will be on long-term display and is free and open to the public daily.

In advance of the exhibit’s opening, David Worthington – Director of Global Relationships at John Wesley’s New Room in Bristol, United Kingdom – offered a presentation in the Blue Room of Bridwell Library.

Because the collection is so extensive, only a portion of the items will be on display at any given time with many artifacts set to be exhibited on rotation. During the last two years since Bridwell received the World Methodist Museum collections, staff and scholars have reviewed many of the items and explored ways to display the distinct cultural artifacts and manuscripts … so that the collection would receive optimal visibility while also recognizing and honoring the legacy that the World Methodist Council and the community of Lake Junaluska maintained for many decades.