About Woodbrooke

Woodbrooke is an international Quaker learning and research organisation based in Britain.

We provide opportunities for learning, connection and worship which are rooted in the Quaker tradition and open to all. Our mission is to foster the ‘vital ministry’ of Quakers today and our learning programme allows participants to: deepen their understanding of the Quaker way, explore spirituality, support their communities and be inspired to bring about wider change the in world.

Our Centre for Research in Quaker Studies provides formal opportunities for study and research in all areas of Quaker Studies including degree programmes in partnership with the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University. We also conduct our own projects and provide support to independent researchers.

Woodbrooke offers opportunities for learning:

  • Through our programme of online courses and sessions with tailored resources and expert input.
  • Via our On-the-Road workshops where our experienced tutors come to you and your community – both in person or online.
  • With our residential courses and day events, we run at our Quaker Centre in Birmingham, and at other venues such as Swarthmoor Hall in Cumbria.

The Woodbrooke Centre is a Grade II listed Georgian manor house in Selly Oak, Birmingham. With 60 bedrooms and 9 meeting rooms it could be the perfect venue for your next meeting or conference or as a base to stay for visitors to Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Did you know?

Woodbrooke was founded in 1903 and was the vision of George Cadbury and John Wilhelm Rowntree who saw a need amongst Friends for a ‘permanent settlement’ with a mission to ‘foster a vital Friends’ ministry’. Since then Woodbrooke has evolved and grown beyond the walls and boundaries of the place in which we are still rooted.

Today, as well as running courses the Woodbrooke Centre in Birmingham we run courses in Quaker meetings, at other venues and online. The ways we offer Quaker learning have changed but the original vision remains the same. Our mission today is still fostering a vital Friends’ ministry. For us, encouraging and enabling ministry is at the core of our Quaker approach to learning, whether that ministry is faith, witness, love or service.

At the Woodbrooke Centre we hold meeting for worship six days of the week and epilogue every evening both of which are open to everyone. We have Quaker silence at mealtimes and there is a constant Quaker presence at Woodbrooke with Friends in Residence who uphold the worship and help provide our ministry of hospitality. We are pleased that so many individuals and organisations find Woodbrooke such a welcoming place regardless of their faith or spiritual outlook.