Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1990-2020

Course summary

Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, 1990-2020


This, the last in the annual series of chronologically arranged weekends on Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland, will look at the contemporary scene. Starting in the 1990s, when the members of many of the more recently arrived faiths and Christian denominations began to build permanent, purpose-designed, places of worship, contributors will discuss the proliferation of buildings, discussing their distinctive features, the ways in which they are used for worship. An overall picture will emerge of how religious diversity is reflected in physical reality and in the contemporary landscape.


Programme details

Friday 2 February 2018


6.15pm   Registration (for those who have booked meals and or accommodation)

6.30pm  Dinner

7.45pm   Registration (for those who have booked as non-residential without meals)

8.00pm- 9.15pm   Space, place, community and identity: defining issues from 1990 to 2020 - Speaker - CHRIS CHIVERS


Saturday 3 February 2018


8.00am   Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am   The diverse religious soundworlds of contemporary Britain - Speaker - JOHN HARPER

10.00am  Liturgy and design in times of change: developments in new church architecture and ordering in Catholic and Anglican settings, 1990-2020 - Speaker - PAUL VELLEUT

11.00am   Coffee / tea

11.30am   The re-conceiving of a monastic church - Speaker - GEORGE GUIVER

12.30pm   Break

1.00pm     Lunch

2.00pm     ‘In my Father’s house’: non-conformist buildings in a time of diversity - Speaker - CHRIS WAKELING

3.00pm   House of God, place of glory: contemporary Eastern church buildings in the United Kingdom - Speaker - ROBIN GIBBONS

4.00pm    Coffee/tea

4.30pm    The Contemporary mosque - Speaker - SHAHED SALEEM

5.30pm    Break

6.30pm    Dinner

8.00pm-9.15pm   The Contemporary synagogue - Speaker - SHARMAN KADISH


Sunday 4 February 2018


8.00am   Breakfast (residents only)

9.00am   Building Buddhism in Britain - Speaker - CAROLINE STARKEY

10.00am Building Hinduism in Britain - Speaker - EMMA TOMALIN

11.00am  Coffee / tea

11.30am  The Sikh gurdwara in Britain: adaptive re-use and future architectures - Speaker - CLARE CANNING

12.30pm Break

12.45pm Lunch and course disperses



Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Friday and Saturday nights 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.


Unfortunately it is not yet possible to book twin room accommodation online, so if you wish to book a twin room, please send in your completed enrolment form with payment.


Alumni 10% Discount: £0.00
Friends of Life Long Learning 10% Discount: £0.00
Summer school 10% discount: £0.00
Tuition (includes coffee/tea): £133.00
Baguette Saturday: £4.70
Baguette Sunday: £4.70
Dinner Friday: £19.00
Dinner Saturday: £19.00
Hot Lunch Saturday: £13.50
Hot Lunch Sunday: £13.50
Single B&B Friday & Saturday: £151.70
Twin B&B Friday & Saturday (per person): £108.70


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Mr Shahed Saleem


Director, Makespace Architecture Ltd

Dr Christopher Wakeling


University of Keele

Dr Sharman Kadish


Jewish Heritage Studios

Professor John Harper


Professor Emeritus, Bangor University and Honorary Professor, Birmingham University

The Revd Canon Chris Chivers


Principal, Westcott House, Cambridge

Mr Paul Velleut


Chartered Architect and Consultant in Conservation, Development and Planning 

Father George Guiver


Superior, Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield

Dr Caroline Starkey


Teaching Fellow

Professor Emma Tomalin


Professor of Religion and Public Life, University of Leeds

Miss Clare Canning


PhD Candidate, The University of Leicester and Historic England

Dr Paul Barnwell

Director of Studies

Dr Paul Barnwell is Director of Studies in the Historic Environment and Co-Director of Courses and Workshops in the Historic Environment at OUDCE.

The Revd Canon Dr Robin Gibbons

Director of Studies

The Revd. Canon Robin Gibbons is Director of Studies for Theology and Religious Studies at OUDCE. He is a member of the Theology and Religion Faculty, Regents Park College and an Honoraray Canon of Christ Church Oxford.