East stained-glass window and sanctuary of St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic church, Swarcliffe, Leeds

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St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic church, Swarcliffe, Leeds. © England Bob Skingle DP027705

Twentieth Century Places of Worship

This page explains the twentieth century Places of Worship projects that we are involved in.

Twentieth century Places of Worship are probably the least understood of our faith buildings, yet they include the broadest range of groups and denominations. A lack of appreciation by decision makers about the significance and the capacity for change of many such buildings can lead to radical and uninformed change, which can result in the loss of their special character.  

We have carried out a project to assess Catholic churches and are currently drawing up guidance on what matters about 20th century Roman Catholic architecture. The report and guidance will be available in 2016. Other work on considering the significance of Roman Catholic parish churches and mass centres is also underway.

We commissioned the Twentieth Century Society to provide a complete gazetteer of all 20th century Christian places of worship. Search the gazeeteer.

Other work on 20th century faith heritage is underway through our Places of Worship of World Faiths in England programme.

Together with the Society of Antiquaries We are co-organising and sponsoring a conference about  'the Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings in the 20th Century' to be held at Burlington House, London 12 March 2018.

This will bring together new research on 20th century Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian places of worship with heritage practitioners, researchers and theorists. The aim is to provide a platform for a discussion on issues of heritage practice and heritage discourse in the field of multiculturalism, multiple identities and the historic environment. This will provide an opportunity for a long overdue debate on the significance and character of buildings whose quality and importance have not been fully recognised in heritage debates.

Further details including the conference programme and booking can be found at the Society of Antiquaries website

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