Norwich Historic Churches Trust Conference

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Date / time: 24 October, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

The King's Centre

Norwich Historic Churches Trust Conference

Following the success of the first conference, The Norwich Historic Churches Trust, together with the Friends of NHCT, will be holding their second annual conference on Saturday, 24 October 2015. Norwich has the highest number of surviving mediæval churches north of the Alps: there are thirty-one, of which eighteen are now redundant and in the care of NHCT.

This day conference sponsored jointly by the Trust and the Friends will take place in the King’s Centre in Norwich. There will be six papers and the fee for this day (£40) includes coffee, tea and a hot buffet at lunchtime. The day will start at 10am with registration, coffee etc., with the first paper at 10.30am, finishing with tea at 4.30pm. The day will be chaired by the President of the Friends, Brian Ayres, formerly County Archaeologist.

The papers will be (running order still to be decided):

  • Dr Francis Young (editor of the official history of the Diocese of East Anglia): RC chapels of Norwich
  • Stella Jackson (Regional Project Officer (Lincolnshire) Maintenance Co-operatives Project): Working co-operatively with closed churches: the Holland Coastal Group
  • Canon Stephen Saxby (Vicar, St Barnabas, Walthamstow, and PhD student, KCL): The use and abuse of church ‘re-use’: an historical perspective from 1833 to the present
  • Robert Piggott (PhD student, Huddersfield) Historic Churches: Heritage and Voluntary Action
  • Dr Elizabeth Gemmill (Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford): Valuations of churches in the medieval diocese of Norwich
  • Peter Aiers (Director, CCT South East): What is the future for historic parish churches?

To book a place, please write to Stella Eglinton at: NHCT, St Peter Parmentergate, 76 King Street, Norwich NR1 1PG, enclosing a cheque for £40 per person (payable to Norwich Historic Churches Trust).

For further details or enquiries, please contact her on: or tel. 01603 611530 (Tuesdays and Thursdays).