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The Ecclesiological Society

For those who love churches

ECCLESIOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Annual Conference 2018: ‘Arts & Crafts Churches’

Location:St Alban's Centre
Baldwin's Gardens

Saturday 6th October, 10.15 – 17.30
St Alban’s Centre, Baldwin’s Gardens, London EC1N 7AB
(The location can provide disabled access: please contact us for details)

Arts & Crafts churches – what are they? Do they even exist? What was going on in church-building in the four decades either side of 1900? What was different? What did these adventurous architects and their unorthodox clients have in mind? Six leading experts will discuss the artistic ideas, the cultural conflicts, the craftsmanship, furnishings and fittings of Arts & Crafts churches in England, Wales and Scotland, many of them little-known and unstudied. The day looks like this:

– Alec Hamilton: Introduction – What do people mean by ‘Arts & Crafts church’?

– Andrew Saint: The idea of ‘Arts & Crafts’ in church architecture – insight, or straightjacket?

– Kate Jordan: A benign paterfamilias: John Dando Sedding, his family and followers

– Lynne Walker: Designers, makers and clients: Arts & Crafts women in the late Victorian church

– Christopher Wakeling: Free Churches, Free Architecture? Nonconformists and the Arts & Crafts

– Simon Green: Church building in Scotland 1880-1929 – Arts & Crafts and the quest for national identity

– Alan Powers: Sackcloth and Ashes – from Arts and Crafts to Modern

COST: (including refreshments, hot lunch, glass of wine after) £50.00 for members and guests of the Ecclesiological Society; £60.00 for non-members; £40.00 for undergraduate and post-graduate students. Tickets are non-refundable.

To book please download the attached PDF booking form.

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