The Work of Faith
Thursday 18th October 2018
Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool
Managing places of worship to ensure their long term preservation and ongoing use whilst minimising harm to their significance can be a considerable challenge. This may require balancing evolving faith practices, congregational expectations, and accommodating a wider range of activities alongside ongoing maintenance and historic fabric repair. The conference will consider different ways in which this balance can be achieved in order to support their ongoing use as places of worship, particularly where there is a need to make physical changes to the fabric or install new facilities for community use.
Where a religious use cannot be sustained, these buildings often present unique challenges – as well as opportunities – to accommodate alternative new uses. Examples of best practice will be highlighted to illustrate how places of worship can be adapted and converted to new uses whilst minimising harm to their significance.
The conference will be of interest to conservation officers, planners, architects, developers, property owners, amenity societies, and all those who manage and care for historic places of worship.