Parish Church Interiors in Changing Times Conference

Registration is now open for the 'Parish Church Interiors in Changing times', a two-day conference dedicated to the exploration and significance of the protection and management of 19th and 20th century Church of England parish church interiors hosted by Historic England and the University of Leicester on 14-15 December 2015 at Stamford Court. Please follow link below for registration.

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Interior Drawing of St John's, Leicester by Goddard Paget

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Historic England recognises the enormous importance of Church of England parish churches and their significance to the historic environment. Given the major and urgent challenges faced by buildings and congregations our Chairman, Sir Laurie Magnus, is to host a conference for advisors and decision-makers to allow an exploration of the significance, protection and management of 19th and 20th-century parish church interiors.

Conference Programme

Monday December 14, 2015

9:30-10:15 – Refreshments (Hospitality Room)

10:15-10:30 – Welcome by Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman, Historic England (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

10:30-11:30 – Setting the Context: The Church’s Perspective (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

Keynote Speakers

-The Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend John Inge

-The Dean of the Court of Arches, the Right Worshipful Charles George, QC

11:30-12:00 – Refreshments (Hospitality Room)

12:00-12:30 – Main Hall (Gilbert Murray Room) Setting the Context: Listing and Significance (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

-Dr Roger Bowdler, Historic England Director of Listing

12:30-13:00 – Panel of morning speakers chaired by Sir Laurie Magnus (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

13:00-14:00 – Lunch (Hospitality Room)

14:00-16:00 – The Radical Victorians; 19th century change national and local (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

-Dale Dishon, Historic England, Principal Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas - “‘A Church as it Should Be’: Understanding the influence of the Cambridge Camden Society on the Victorian parish church interior”

-Matthew Godfrey, Diocese of Lincoln, Historic Churches Support Officer - “James Fowler: friend or foe of the medieval church.”

-Richard Peats, Historic England Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas – “The hardest working man in architecture, the godfather of Gothic: George Edmund Street.”

16:00-16:30 – Refreshments (Hospitality Room)

16:30-18:20 – Visions of Church and churches in the 20th century (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

-Brian O’Callaghan, Artemis Heritage/Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead - “Contested significance and conflicts of interests: re-ordering the re-orderings of GE Street in Berkshire.”

-Tim Stratford, Archdeacon of Leicester - “The growing contemporary local church confined by a Victorian idea of worship”

-Clare Price, 20th Century Society , Conservation Advisor - “ Twentieth Century Perspectives on Church Buildings.”

-Ben Stoker, Diocese of Lincoln, Development Officer - “Architecture as theology in theory and in practice at the parish church of St John the Baptist, Lincoln.”

18:20 –18:30 Summary, Sir Laurie Magnus

18:30 - 19:30 – Free time, bar open (Bar – John Foster Hall)

19:30 – 21:30 – Dinner  (John Foster Dinning Hall)

- Dr. Loyd Grossman, Chair of the Churches Conservation Trust Significance and Sustainability

Tuesday December 15, 2015

9:00-10:30 – Workshops

A -Fixtures and Fittings (Shearsby Room)

-Matthew Saunders, Friends of Friendless Churches, Director - "The pulpit, the lectern, the choirstall and the organ. Enhancement to worship or annoying anachronism"

-Trevor CooperHistoric Religious Buildings Alliance, Chair - “The pews in your church: a self-assessment questionnaire”

B-Revitalising and Rebuilding (Mowsley Room)

-Andrew More, Historic England, Mechanical Services, and Geraldine O’Farrell, Historic England, Electrical Services - “An historic ‘Perkins’ heating system re-used and expanded to meet modern heating requirements.”

-Claire Strachan, Diocese of Coventry, Church Buildings Development Officer - “From the midst of the Fire: rebuilding the architecture of worship after disaster"

C-Experiencing Change (Hoby Room)

-Eddie Tulasiewicz, The National Churches Trust, Head of Communications and Public Affairs - “Community facilities for parish churches: The National Churches Trust and St Edburg’s Church, Bicester. Oxfordshire.”

-Becky Payne, Independent freelance consultant - “Never, Ever, Again! The challenges faced by congregations wanting to modernise their parish church.”

11:00-11:30 – Refreshments (Hospitality Room)

11:30-12:45 Debating Significance and Value – Chaired by Dr. Anthony Streeten, Historic England Planning Director for the East Midlands (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

- John Scott, Victorian Society Southern Buildings Committee Chair and C. Costelloe, Victorian Society, Director - “The Challenge of the 19th Century Interior (or “That bit doesn’t matter, its only Victorian”).”

-Bridget Gillard, The Devonshire Association, Registrar - “The importance of  considering use and making comparative assessments when determining the significance of Victorian  and Early 20th Century church interiors: Reflections from a PhD study.”

12.45-13.00 – So what have we learnt?  Dr. Anthony Streeten (Main Hall – Gilbert Murray Room)

13:00-14:00 – Lunch and Close of Conference (Hospitality Room)




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Conference is sponsored by:

St John's Knighton Leicester (2015)

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