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Religious Buildings of World Faiths

This page explains the projects that we are involved in about the religious buildings of World Faiths.

In the 20th century England’s landscape of faith buildings became ever more rich and diverse. Faiths arriving and developing in this country outside the Established Christian church form an important and expanding part of our society.

Increasing our knowledge and understanding in this area is an important and much needed area of Historic England’s work. Places of worship, whether adapted or purpose-built, tell much about the development and histories of these groups in England.

The projects below will help Historic England and the historic environment sector to develop its expertise and protect buildings appropriately.

Interior detail of the priest Vishwa Mitter tending the shrine Shree Radha Krishna Mandir Liverpool, Merseyside
Interior of Shree Radha Krishna Mandir, Liverpool. © Historic England Peter Williams aa041307.tif

Currently there are four strands to our research in this area.

  • The first is a national thematic survey of mosques in Britain, which will lead to a major reference publication on the architectural and social history of the British mosque, due to be published in 2017. The results will be considered for their designation implications and will enhance the Historic England archive.
  • We have carried out scoping work on the buildings of minority faith groups in order to assess the current state of knowledge associated with them. This has helped to formulate a programme of new projects.
  • We have commissioned a project scoping Buddhist buildings in England. The project, carried out by the University of Leeds, highlights the heritage of 190 Buddhist buildings and studies a range of them in depth. You can read more about the project on the Building Buddhism blog and download the project report from the Historic England website.
  • A survey of Hindu, Jain, Ba'hai and Zoroastrian buildings of England is currently underway. See the new blog on researching Hindu religious buildings.
  • Historic England Supervises a PhD based at the University of Leicester on Sikh architcture in England. See the award document below to find out more.

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