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The Church's Restoration

Event Description

As soon as we approach a church door we know what to expect. Rows of seats facing east, a pulpit by the chancel arch, steps into the chancel and an altar at the east end. Yet this ensemble is almost invariably the result of nineteenth-century restoration. Before then interiors were very different and this fascinating talk looks at the different ways in which churches were used and furnished in the past, and what clues are still there to prove it! We will debunk many accepted traditions and show that churches are just like our houses when it comes to being adapted to suit current themes and fashions.

  • Duration: 60mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
John Vigar

Meet the Host, John

John has been a professional historian and speaker for over 40 years. For much of that time, John also taught at the University of Kent as well as for the WEA and Denman College. His specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!


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    July 2021

    I now have a greater understanding about the development within church buildings and found it very interesting.