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 their conservation.
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:
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.
Further speakers are to be confirmed.
Friday 01 November 2019
9.30 - 12.30 followed by light lunch
Chapter House, Chelmsford
David Andrews and Rachel Barrett