Call For Papers - Healthy Heritage Conference 2017

17 Oct 2016

The Churches Conservation Trust are seeking papers and proposals for practical workshops for our biennial international heritage conference on 22nd-24th March 2017. The conference will explore the powerful relationship between conserving the built environment and healthy and productive communities and mental wellbeing. The deadline for proposal is 31st October.

Call for papers: international Health and Heritage Conference

Event: March 22nd-24th 2017
Submission Deadline: Monday, 31st October 2016
Categories: Heritage, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Architecture, regeneration, empowering communities, built environment, historic buildings conservation
Location: Quay Place, Ipswich
Presented by: The Churches Conservation Trust in partnership with Suffolk Mind

Next year we shall be celebrating our latest major regeneration of a historic building by holding our biennial conference at Quay Place: a brand new centre for wellbeing run by partner charity Suffolk Mind. The conference will consist of keynote speeches and interactive workshops from respected experts in their fields and will focus on the four main themes outlined below. The three day event will also feature drop-in centres and performances as well as tours of the surrounding area. We seek case studies and research that can equip delegates with practical tools and ideas whilst stimulating debate and fostering new relationships.

As the national charity caring for 350 historic English churches, CCT plays a unique role in the conservation of historic buildings of international significance, with its award-winning Regeneration Taskforce diligently driving major capital works and community collaboration to revive downtrodden patches of England’s built environment and find sustainable, exciting new uses. The Suffolk branch of mental health charity Mind are renowned leaders in building mental wellbeing resilience for everyone in Suffolk, and will provide high quality services that address unmet needs at Quay Place.

Key Themes:

1) Practical tools for sustainable heritage conservation and community wellbeing. Possible topics include:

Funding for sustainable community heritage projects and ongoing commercial viability
The changing landscape of funding community projects
Community consultation, collaboration and regeneration
How to find good project partners and build fruitful partnerships

2) Public health and heritage: an important partnership. Possible topics include:

Heritage places and museums: a valuable community resource
Public Health, the public realm, civic wellbeing and the built environment
Participation and access: reaching and engaging audiences through lifelong learning in heritage places

3) Built environments for healthy, happy living. Possible topics include:

Architecture is about people not buildings, the Power of Place
Design for wellbeing and positive mental health
History of built environment around Quay Place and Ipswich docks

4) Adapting religious heritage to serve modern communities. Possible topics include:

Churches as community centres then and now
Future for religious heritage in a modern world
faith and communities around the world
What role for religious buildings within secular communities?

Participation in the conference will expose your work to over 100 delegates from across the cultural heritage, health and community action sectors both in the UK and abroad, as well as expert and celebrity speakers and will offer you a valuable opportunity to grow your professional network and lead the increasingly vital conversation around sustainable heritage for healthy, resilient communities..

Authors are invited to submit a brief outline of their work, or workshop proposal to development@thecct.org.uk by email before the 31st October. Please include a title, 400 word summary and indicate whether your work would be more suited to keynote or workshop presentation.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.