EPWORTH’S Old Rectory Museum has been awarded charitable status.
Volunteers at the site in North Lincolnshire say the move will boost fundraising efforts as they seek to open the entire house to the public and restore it to how it would have looked in 1716.
Keith Rothery, treasurer and trustee at the Old Rectory, said: “When we approach organisations for donations towards the work one of the first things they ask is for is our charity number, which is why we applied for charitable status.
“It also means that when British taxpayers make a donation we can claim money back from the Government and it amounts to an extra 20p for every pound given.”
The grade I listed building was the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, founders of the Methodist movement.
Fundraising initiatives have included inviting visitors to sponsor a page in a 350-year-old book to pay for its restoration.
Contemplations Upon The History Of The New Testament – one of many old books and artefacts held at the museum – was published in 1661 and contains the signatures of several of the Wesley family.