50th Anniversary Debate

3rd September 2019
7.00 pm (doors open at 6.30 pm)
Advance Member: £23.00
Non Member: £25.00

Who should be responsible for the care of historic churches? A lively debate in the lecture theatre at the Victoria and Albert Museum with a welcome from Dr Tristram Hunt

There are 16,000 parish churches in England, many of them representing a great legacy of England’s local culture. However, with congregations dwindling, who is going to look after them in the future?

Join us this September as Sir Simon Jenkins, writer and broadcaster and Trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust, leads the debate at the V&A Museum in London, following an introduction from Director Dr Tristram Hunt.

Joining the conversation are the award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster Peter Stanford; Revd. Sally Hitchiner, broadcaster and Associate Vicar at St.Martin-in-the-Fields; and Nick Berry, Director of OMI Architects, responsible for the major regeneration project at All Souls, Bolton.

The audience will have a chance to ask our speakers their questions and enjoy light refreshments during a drinks reception in the Silver Galleries of the V&A Museum.

Our members receive a special rate on tickets. If you would like to become a member to enjoy this special rate click here or call us on 0800 206 1463.

'50th Anniversary Debate: Who should be responsible for the care of historic churches?' is organised as part of our Golden Anniversary celebrating 50 years of saving historic churches and addressing the challenges parish churches face to secure their future. 


Thank you to Ecclesiastical Insurance for their generous sponsorship of this event.

Ecclesiastical is a commercial business with a purely charitable purpose – something that is unique in the financial services industry.

For over 130 years, they have been trusted to protect much of the heritage and history in the countries where they operate, from palaces and castles, World Heritage sites, museums, schools and places of worship.

During that time, they have grown to become one of the largest independent British-owned insurers. Today they offer much more than just award-winning specialist insurance – they also provide investment management, broking and advisory services with offices worldwide.


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