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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.

Minority Faith Heritage Conference

Together with the Society of Antiquaries we co-organised and sponsored a conference about  'the Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings in the 20th Century' held at Burlington House, London 12 March 2018.

This brought together new research on 20th century Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian places of worship with heritage practitioners, researchers and theorists. It  gave a platform for a discussion on issues of heritage practice and heritage discourse in the field of multiculturalism, multiple identities and the historic environment. It provided 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 can be found on the Society of Antiquaries website. 

You can access the presentations from this conference on a YouTube playlist.


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