Upcoming Member Exclusive Lectures

Our Members can enjoy exclusive Lectures from leading experts on a wide range of topics connected with churches and heritage.

These lectures take place on the second Monday of the month and begin at 7pm in the evening. If you are a member, then keep an eye out the members' e-newsletters for information on how to join these exclusive lectures, or email the Membership team at [email protected]ct.org.uk.

If you wish to become a Member to access these lectures, you can do so from as little as £3.50 a month. More information about our membership offer, and the many benefits, can be found here.

These lectures are only accessible to Members of the Churches Conservation Trust, and run in addition to our weekly Lunchtime Lectures that remain 100% free of charge and are accessible to all.

Upcoming Members' Exclusive Lectures:

Pyramidally Extant with Dr Jean Wilson - Monday 9th August, 7pm - 8pm

Dr Jean Wilson, from The Church Monuments Society, will give a lecture entitled Pyramidally Extant, which will explore the study of funerary monuments. Further Details Coming Very Soon

Joining details will be sent to Churches Conservation Trust members in our Members' E-newsletter.

George Frederick Bodley and the Later Gothic Revival with Michael Hall - Monday 13th September, 7pm - 8pm

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An Irreverant Curiosity with David Farley - Monday 11th October, 7pm - 8pm

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Clothing the New World Church: Liturgical Textiles of Spanish America, 1520-1820 with Prof. Maya Stanfield-Mazzi - Monday 8th November, 7pm - 8pm

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Previous Members' Exclusive Lecture:

For a link to any of our previous lectures, please email the Membership team at [email protected]

Traditions of Death and Burial with Dr Helen Frisby - Monday 10th May, 7pm - 8pm

Death has been a source of grief and uncertainty for humanity throughout history, but it has also been the inspiration for a plethora of fascinating customs and much human creativity. This talk with Dr Helen Frisby, author of the Shire book Traditions of Death and Burial, explores English death and burial customs from the Norman Conquest right through to the present day and the impact of Covid-19. From winding-sheets to funeral bells, angels to the Alexa Ghostbot, together we’ll discover how ritual continues helping us to relate to the dead, in ways which are at once innovative yet also draw upon the past in sometimes surprising ways.

Helen has taught history at the University of the West of England, Bristol, and funeral directing at the University of Bath. She is Secretary of the Association for the Study of Death and Society, and a Council Member of the Folklore Society. Helen has previously appeared on BBC Radio and The History Channel, and remains research active in the area of death, funerals and bereavement, past and present.

Digital analysis of lost architecture: Lutyens’ Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with Dr Nick Webb - Monday 14th June, 7pm - 8pm

This talk will analyse Sir Edwin Lutyens’ design for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, which, according to his son, was ‘the very greatest building that was never built.’ Whilst research and critique of unbuilt or destroyed architecture is traditionally carried out through the examination of surviving information such as drawings, models, photographs, biographies and monographs, this talk will incorporate the use of contemporary digital representation techniques to re-present and re-analyse Lutyens’ cathedral, which would have been one of the largest places of worship in the world. The origins of a catholic cathedral in the city of Liverpool will be discussed, followed by the development and analysis of Lutyens’ design. Comparisons to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme will be made, and the talk will conclude by highlighting the demise of the Lutyens design and introduction of Frederick Gibberd’s scheme, incorporating the crypt of Lutyens’ design; the only portion to be built.

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Dr Nick Webb is a qualified architect and lecturer at the Liverpool School of Architecture. As a researcher he is interested in how digital tools and techniques can be used as methods to enhance and critique our understanding of historic works of architecture, whether they be existing buildings, were built and then damaged or destroyed, or were not built at all. His research focuses on methods that enable new information to be provided that would not have been possible in a pre-digital context, including digital capture technologies such as laser scanning, three-dimensional digital modelling and analysis, and immersive virtual reality techniques. He is currently principal investigator on the AHRC funded project ‘Tracing the past: analysing the design and construction of English medieval vaults using digital techniques,’ alongside a team of researchers at Liverpool.

Adventures in Medieval Sculpture: Uncovering the Power of the Romanesque in Devon and Cornwall with Dr Alex Woodcock - Monday 12th July, 7pm - 8pm

What do you do after writing a PhD on the medieval grotesque? In Alex Woodcock’s case it was to learn stonemasonry. Practical knowledge of working stone gradually transformed his understanding of medieval sculpture and eventually led to him working as a stonemason at Exeter Cathedral for several years. In this talk he explores the subject of his book King of Dust – the twelfth-century carving of Devon and Cornwall that inspired him to pick up tools – and the people, from artists to architects, who have been drawn to it. He also considers how practical skills can bring the past to life in new ways, and what writing about it beyond your comfort zone can offer to both writer and reader.

Dr Alex Woodcock is a writer, stonemason and artist immersed in the worlds of medieval sculpture. His books include Gargoyles and Grotesques (Bloomsbury, 2011), Of Sirens and Centaurs (Impress, 2013) and King of Dust (Little Toller, 2019). Between 2008 and 2014 he worked at Exeter Cathedral as a stonemason, playing a key role in the conservation of its internationally significant west front. He teaches on the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship foundation degree and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. His website is www.alexwoodcock.co.uk and he can be found on twitter @beakheads.