LPSS Spring Conference, 2023: Non-conformist Local Population History.

Saturday 13th May 2023

This year’s spring conference will a hybrid conference held online and in-person at John Wesley’s New Room, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE, and on Zoom (registration in advance is required).


  • 10.00-10.30 – Registration and coffee
  • 10.30 – Online conference opens
  • 10.30-10.40 – Welcome
  • 10.40-11.25 – Frances Richardson University of Oxford, Department for Continuing Education, Missing from parish records: assessing the importance of non-conformist baptisms for the study of adult male occupations in early nineteenth-century Wales
  • 11.25-12.10 – Philip Thornborow Former Liaison Officer for Methodist Archives, ‘In a class of their own? Available sources for the study of members of the Methodist movement’
  • 12.10-12.55 – Christine Jones Library Volunteer, John Wesley’s New Room, The Membership Books of the New Room 1770 to 1786: a source for the study of a local non-conformist population
  • 13.00-14.30 – LUNCH BREAK and (optional) visit to New Room Museum
  • 14.30-15.15 – Andy Fincham University of Birmingham, Opening cans of worms for sleeping dogs: a case study on collating early modern archives in pursuit of data.
  • 15.15-16.00 – Marcus Bateman Doctoral student, University of Oxford, Living in a Covenant Community – Baptists in Woolverstone and Ipswich (Suffolk) 1758-1851
  • 16.00-16.15 – Concluding remarks.


Please register and pay for the conference by 3 May. Full details are in the newsletter, or the registration forms below: