Church Conservation and Management (offer)

This morning course will explore the significance of church buildings in our modern landscape, and approaches to their conservation and management. Churches occupy a unique position as heritage assets, not only symbolising the life and history of the community in which they are located, but also providing important spaces for modern, local communities. This course will cover the architectural history of church buildings, approaches to the regeneration of churches including community engagement and the sustainability of church buildings, and surveying church buildings. 

The morning will include the following talks:

Historic church architecture

The course will begin with a talk provided by Dr David Andrews (FSA, IHBC) on the history of ecclesiastical architecture. This talk will provide an overview to the architectural history of churches, exploring the evolution of changing architectural and artistic fashion from the Middle Ages up till the present day.

David is the former Heritage Conservation Manager at Essex County Council and has a wealth of experience working with historic buildings. He is a member of Chelmsford Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (1984 to the present) and to Chelmsford Cathedral from (1990 to the present). 

Regenerating historic places of worship

Rachel Barrett, Regeneration Manager at the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), will discuss the approach of the CCT to the regeneration of historic places of worship within their care. The team have achieved 14 awards over 3 projects including 6 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors awards for Community Benefit, Building Conservation and Project of the Year (All Souls Bolton).

Rachel’s talk will provide an understanding of heritage regeneration projects, with a focus on the community engagement and sustainability of church buildings. The talk will explore key themes including:

  • Community-led approach to regeneration, covering the benefits and challenges within this;
  • How the work of the CCT addresses issues of sustainability in places of worship;
  • The use of interpretation in regeneration projects; and
  • A discussion of case studies where this approach has been applied.

Since joining the CCT in 2013, Rachel has worked on major capital projects All Souls Bolton and Quay Place, with particular emphasis on craft skills programming, financial management and activity planning. Rachel is experienced in the community-led regeneration approach, and has worked with a wide range of professionals, organisations, charities and community groups, both nationally and internationally.

Surveying church buildings

Simon Marks (DipArch RIBA AABC), Associate at Purcell, will be speaking about his experiences as a Surveyor of church buildings, exploring works on Chelmsford Cathedral in particular. Simon has a longstanding interest in ecclesiastical architecture and is Inspecting Architect to 50 churches in the Diocese of Chelmsford.


The standard price for this course is £70 but we are able to offer an exclusive rate of £63 for CCT Members. 





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