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The Phoenix Renewed: Sustainability of Post-War Churches and Cathedrals

From: Monday 18.03.19
at 10:00am
To: Tuesday 19.03.19
at 6:00pm

Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB


£149 - includes all catering, but not overnight accommodation

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Coventry Cathedral epitomised the spirit of the age and captured the attention of the nation when it was consecrated in 1962, but almost 60 years later it faces some significant conservation challenges. Many of these will be familiar to those who are involved and interested in post-war churches. As Coventry looks towards hosting the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2021, solutions and opportunities to address these challenges are brought into sharp focus.

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Set within Spence’s masterpiece of mid-twentieth century art and architecture, this international conference will discuss themes of significance and change, materials technology and conservation, and consider the management of collections and interiors designed in tandem with the buildings.  Over two days, experts from The Getty Foundation, Historic England, C20 Society, Church of England as well as a range of practitioners will present the latest best practice and lead panel debates. A highlight will be the gala dinner in the Cathedral on the evening of 18 March. 

Monday 18th March 2019

Registration from 10am, with the first session starting at 10.30am.

Session 1: Setting the Scene: C20 Churches and Cathedrals in context
Including a contribution from Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England

Session 2: Conserving the Modern: opportunities and challenges
Including contributions from the Getty Foundation and the architects of two of England’s finest C20th cathedrals: Coventry and Liverpool Metropolitan

The first day will end at 5.30pm before our unique evening reception and gala dinner, right in the nave of the Cathedral

Attendees are asked to arrange their own accommodation in central Coventry; we hope to be able to advertise a conference rate for a local hotel in the near future.

Tuesday 19th March 2019

Session 3: Our post-war Legacy: understanding and engagement
Chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission and former Director-General of the National Trust

Lunch, including an optional practical session on Dalle de Verre repair techniques with Glasmerai Peters

Session 4: The Phoenix Renewed: Mending Modernism
Including contributions from ICOMOS committee members and international experts on C20th materials

The conference will end at 5pm