Church Restoration – Saving St Denis
Suitable for: Clergy, Curia, Church Management. Anyone with an interest in church conservation and sustainability.
Notes: For further queries please contact Gareth Simpson, Project & Volunteer Manager, 02920 379483
Saving St Denis: a transformation at East Hatley
Presented by Rachel Morley, Friends of Friendless Churches
Through a mixture of recent projects and current thinking about heritage, sustainability and conservation, we consider physical change and new uses for old buildings on the one hand and, on the other, the power of conservation projects to transform places and communities. We will also look at how new ways of thinking about heritage can transform the way people engage with old buildings and historic places.
This little Cambridgeshire church combines ancient origins with substantial nineteenth work by William Butterfield. Having fallen into serious disrepair it was stripped out and abandoned in the 1960s, though the local council preserved the site as a nature reserve and carried out initial repairs, stabilising the roof and walls. In 2016 the church was transferred to the charity Friends of Friendless Churches, which exists to save disused but beautiful places of worship from demolition, decay and unsympathetic conversion and now cares for more than 50 ancient churches across England and Wales. Its Director, Rachel Morley, describes the local dedication and careful work which is gently transforming St Denis from an ivy-smothered semi-ruin to a building with a bright future.
Delivered by: Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
Registration: Join via – https://www.spab.org.uk/whats-on/lectures/saving-st-denis