Lunchtime Talk – Catherine Booth: Mother of The Salvation Army

Monday, 29th June 2015  1.00pm – 2.00pm

Free – booking required, William Booth Birthplace Museum / Salvation Army Complex, 14 Notintone Place, Sneinton, Nottingham NG2 4QG

In observation of the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Salvation Army, this talk by Danny Wells will explore the life, work, impact and legacy of Catherine Booth. Catherine Booth (nee Mumford) was fortified with the spirit and convictions of early 19th century rural Methodism of the Midlands. Having met a kindred spirit in William Booth of Nottingham, they were to take their pre-industrial Methodist creed into the religious and political fulcrum of the East End of London in the second half of the century.

The response of the Booths to the poverty, hunger, squalor and ‘sin’ that they observed all around them, was to create the Salvation Army as a ‘Way out of Darkest England’. It became the fastest growing religious movement of late Victorian Britain and remains a religious and social service agency of international significance to this day.

Despite suffering from poor health throughout her life, Catherine raised eight children; developed a deep and profound knowledge of Christianity; proved to be a renowned orator and powerful advocate for her faith, and showed tremendous drive and fight in the founding and development of the Salvation Army.

Booking: Please note that places for this talk are limited. To reserve a place, please e-mail or book online at: or call the Museum on 0115 979 3464.