Churches: History, Significance and Use


The course provides a firm foundation of the history of church architecture and furnishings, and provides the skills to draft statements of significance. This will enable participants to analyse and evaluate proposals for change.
The course will be of interest and value to all who would like to learn about the development of churches, but is aimed particularly at those who are actively involved in the management of church buildings and the presentation of church buildings to visitors. The focus of the course will
be on Anglican church buildings.


Contributes to the Knowledge and Understanding requirements for CCSAPAC1 Research and analyse information to achieve objectives;  CCSAPAD1 Characterise the archaeological resource and provide management advice.

National Occupational Standards for Town Planning/Conservation/Building Control:  contributes to the Performance and Knowledge requirements for COSTPCBC56.1-B5.2  Analyse, research and report on historic and heritage assets in conservation;  COSTPCBC56.3-B56.4 Develop and advise on conservation, repair and maintenance strategies and solutions; and COSBEDCL4O14 Survey, assess and record the condition of assets in conservation.


Programme details

Wednesday 27 May 2020

9.00am                Registration and coffee/tea

9.30am                Welcome and introduction

9.45am                Church architecture and decoration before the

                            Reformation: 1

11.15am              Coffee/tea

11.45am              Church architecture and decoration from the Reformation 

                           to 1900

1.15pm               Lunch

2.00pm              Visit to Oxford churches

6.00pm              Break

7.00pm              Dinner

8.00pm              20th century churches 


Thursday 28 May 2020

8.15am                Breakfast (residents only)

9.15am                 Statements of significance and need

10.15am              Coffee/tea

10.30am              Visit to a church or chapel for practical exercise in

                            producing a statement of significance

12.15pm               Discussion and feedback

1.00pm                 Lunch

1.45pm                 The Ecclesiastical Exemption and faculty jurisdiction

3.00pm                 Tea/coffee

3.15pm                 New work in churches – some case studies                         

4.30pm                 Review of course

4.45pm                 Course disperses



Description Costs
Tuition includes coffee/tea £387.00
Baguette Thursday £5.00
Baguette Wednesday £5.00
Dinner Wednesday evening £21.00
Full Hot Lunch Thursday £15.00
Full Hot Lunch Wednesday £15.00
Single B&B Wednesday night £82.00


Payment of fees must be made in full at the time of booking.

Please note that businesses and organisations can be invoiced on provision of a Purchase Order and completed application form. These can be emailed to the CWHE Programme Administrator, email:



Mr Henry Russell

Course Director

Director of the programme in Conservation of the Historic Environment, Reading University.

Henry Russell is a member of the Church of England’s Buildings Council and Chair of Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee.


Accommodation for this two-day course is at Rewley House for Thursday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.