Mapping Faith and Place
This contemporary archaeology project sets out to explore the ways in which the traditions and values surrounding places of worship are perceived and engaged in the 21st century. Based around the city of Leicester, which offers a unique diversity of places of worship in modern Britain, it aims to develop understanding about how sacred spaces are perceived and valued within a multicultural society in the 21st century.
Working in partnership with civil institutions, and faith and interfaith organisations, we plan to explore a number of different themes. These include the interaction between concepts of faith and heritage, perceptions of the sacred in modern cities, and tradition and innovation in diasporic faith communities.
So far we have created two public resources, freely accessible on the web:
Leicester Places of Worship: An Interactive Map
This interactive map pinpoints all of the known places of worship in Leicester, and includes the locations of many that have now disappeared, or are now put to different purposes. You can use this resource to investigate the different types of places of worship in a particular neighbourhood, as well as the distribution of buildings for individual faiths – churches, chapels, gurdwaras, mosques, synagogues and temples. For additional details on how to use the map, click here.
This resource has been created by Dr Chris Green. For details on the map's construction click here.
The Leicester Faith Trail
Intended for both visitors and residents, this identifies a small selection of the different places of faith in Leicester City Centre than can be visited by members of the public in the course of a few hours. Leicester has places of worship for many of the world’s great religions – Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Sikhism - as well as the Secular Hall in Leicester City Centre. The trail is also linked in to the World Arts Gallery at New Walk Museum, Leicester. This resource has been created by undergraduate students of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History of the University of Leicester, with the support of the local faith groups.
Faith and Place Conference in 2011-12
Mapping Faith and Place conference to be held on Thursday 26th July 2012 at St Martin's House, Leicester (next to the Cathedral). This conference is free and open to all. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
The conference will begin at 10am and run until 3.30pm.
The project has received financial support from the University of Leicester’s Knowledge Exchange scheme, and from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Leicester Places of Worship: an Interactive Map
Thank you for your interest in this site. In order to develop it as a resource we welcome any comments and feedback. Contact us at: FaithAndPlace@gmail.com