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Churches in Retirement

Talks - History; Talks - General Interest; Talks - Arts and Culture

Event Description

Have you ever wondered what happens to an old church when it closes? Who decides if it is to be demolished, sold, or converted, and what if the church is too important to be lost? This talk looks at the story of church preservation in England and Wales and specifically at the work of the two main charities that ensure we still have access to historic buildings that are no longer required for worship. It is lavishly illustrated and shows the wide variety of churches now in care. John has worked with redundant churches for over 40 years and is Trustee of the oldest of the two church conservation charities, The Friends of Friendless Churches.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
John Vigar

Meet The Speaker, 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

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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!