Upcoming lectures

Explore topics connected with our churches through our free weekly online lecture series

Our lectures are all free to get involved with and we Livestream them via our Facebook page, this allows you to really engage with the talk and to submit your questions live. These lectures are recorded and will be available to watch afterward. Scroll down to find a list of previous lectures. 

These lectures and talks are all completely free of charge for you to watch, enjoy and take part in. If you are enjoying them, please do consider making a donation here of whatever amount you feel comfortable making if you are enjoying these talks. 

In response to the popularity of our lectures, we've launched a special Membership offer just for people who are enjoying our free lectures. If you sign up as a Member by Direct Debit, from as little as just £3.50 a month, and use the offer code LECTURE we'll send you a free copy of The Secret Language of Churches and Cathedrals: Decoding the Sacred Symbolism of Christianity's Holy Buildings by Dr Richard Stemp!

Details of how to become a member, the benefits of membership, and how to claim your free gift can be found here

Upcoming Lectures

Thursday 13th January from 12:50pm - Angel Roofs of East Anglia

Join us and Dr Sarah Cassell as we explore the Development of East Anglian Angel Roofs.

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Thursday 20th January from 12:50pm - Saints Alive! The ripping yarns behind the Churches Conservation Trust's church dedications

Storyteller and art historian Kirsty Hartsiotis will tell the stories of a selection of the Churches Conservation Trust’s church dedications, such as St. Alrida, St. Kenelm and St. Petroc, looking at the traditional tales and examining the way these stories have developed over time from saint’s lives to full-blown legends to the possibilities of historical truths – as well as exploring the imagery of these saints in CCT churches and beyond.

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Thursday 27th January from 12:50pm - Art and Architecture of the Jesuit Missions in Latin America

The Jesuits were one of the most active religious orders working the mission field in colonial Latin America, and one of the greatest patrons of church architecture and the arts. Their approach involved adapting forms and traditions from indigenous peoples to make Christianity seem more palatable and familiar. However, this cultural hybridization allowed indigenous groups to incorporate aspects of their world view, ideology, and even religion into the art and architecture they produced for the Jesuits – often without their knowledge. As a result, profoundly hybrid forms were created that are unique to Latin America and to the regions in which they were commissioned and built.

Gauvin Alexander Bailey is Professor and Alfred and Isabel Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University. He has held fellowships with the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, among others, and was the 2017 Panofsky Professor at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich and 2006 Henry Luce Professor at Boston University. He is also correspondent étranger of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres at the Institut de France and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Bailey has published nine books, co-authored or edited seven more, and written over 90 articles. Recent books include The Palace of Sans-Souci in Milot, Haiti (ca. 1806-13): the Untold Story of the Potsdam of the Rainforest (Berlin and Munich, Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2017) and Architecture & Urbanism in the French Atlantic Empire: State, Church, and Society, 1604-1830 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018). His most recent book, to be published in 2022 by McGill-Queen’s University Press, is The Architecture of Empire: France in India and Southeast Asia, 1664-1954.

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