Conservation Bulletin 61

Places of worship

Historic places of worship are among the best-loved and most potent of our cultural landmarks. But they need loving care and creative management if they are not to become lifeless monuments.


  • Editorial p2
  • In praise of spires and towers p3
  • Our shared inheritance p4
  • How many listed places of worship are there? p4
  • Cathedrals - reaching out to visitors p5
  • Major places of worship in England p6
  • A Catholic perspective p8
  • Identifying the challenges p11
  • Conserving our cathedrals: the funding of repair campaigns p11
  • Historic synagogues: appreciation and challenges p13
  • Places of worship at risk p16
  • 'Places of Worship 2009: Hackney and Tower Hamlets' p18
  • Redundancy of listed chapels within the Methodist Church p20
  • Maintaining the legacy p22
  • The Repair Grants for Places of Worship in England scheme p22
  • Good maintenance - three pilot projects p24
  • Maintenance of churches in Norway p26
  • Staving off decay by daily care: maintaining places of worship p27
  • Looking forward p30
  • 'Inspired!' in action: Support Officers for historic places of worship p30
  • Busting the myths: how historic churches have a future p31
  • 'Building Faith in our Future': five years on p33
  • Liturgy and spaces: some recent trends p36
  • Making room for mystery p38
  • Monumental problems? p40
  • News p42
  • The National Monuments Record p44
  • Legal developments p46
  • New publications p47

Additional Information

  • Series: Conservation Bulletin
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51499
  • ISSN: 753-8674


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