Interior of Masjid e Tauheedul Islam, Blackburn, Lancashire.
Masjid e Tauheedul Islam, Blackburn, Lancashire. © Historic England DP143578
Masjid e Tauheedul Islam, Blackburn, Lancashire. © Historic England DP143578

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.

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

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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.

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

PhD opportunity to research built heritage of minority faiths

Now we are pleased to announce that we are seeking a PhD candidate to continue work on minority faith heritage with the University of Bath looking at 'Agency and Identity in the Urban Built Environment in the Histories and Heritage of Minority Religious Communities'. If you are interested in applying see the academic jobs website for more details.