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Church Explorers Workshops 2019

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2019 Church Explorers Workshops

We are happy to say have been able to expand our Church Explorers training offer for this year with assistance from the Borthwick Institute for Archives and the Dioceses of York and Leeds. Below are the new dates and programmes for this year’s summer workshops. Both are free to attend, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Workshop 1 – Conservation and Interpretation

Wednesday 12th June, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Leeds Minster, 2-6 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ

Building on the success of last year’s workshop at Leeds Minster, members of York Archaeological Trust’s Conservation and Interpretation teams will be on hand to explore techniques for recording and conserving church furniture and monuments, and for creating accessible materials to interpret them. This workshop will introduce some of the conservation issues associated with church heritage through a series of case studies, including work completed by YAT’s Conservation department, and a tour of Leeds Minster’s own ‘lost and found’ treasures. Lisa McIntyre of the Leeds Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches will speak on DAC support and advice for managing some of these issues, and the session will conclude with a look at a current YAT / University of Huddersfield project to explore and interpret an intangible aspect of church history for general audiences: the story of Yorkshire’s medieval communities of regular canons.

Places for this workshop are limited. Book your place through Eventbrite here.

Workshop 2 – Archives and Architecture

Wednesday 19th June, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York, University Rd, Heslington, York YO10 5DD

Using Archives to Discover Church Stories
Acting Keeper of Archives Gary Brannan will give a guide to the use of archives in exploring church history as well as information on the holdings available at the Borthwick, including the extensive records in the York Diocesan Archive.

A Church Crawler’s Paradise : A Virtual Architectural Tour
Church Building Advisor for the Diocese of York, Keith Halliday, will take us through a virtual tour of the churches of the York Diocese, showcasing the architectural wealth and diversity of the area’s churches.

We apologise that this workshop is now sold out.

Keep an eye out for upcoming Church Explorers newsletter for details of other workshops.

Late medieval processional cross belonging to one of Yorkshire’s communities of regular canons, later incorporated into a memorial to Linnhe Hodgson, chaplain of the Leeds Rifles, killed by an accidental shot while on military exercises in 1909. Part of the collections of Leeds City Parish but not currently on public display.
Image copyright: Ken Grey.

2019 Church Explorers Festival

We are still inviting participating churches to add their listing to our 2019 Church Explorers festival!

The 2019 festival theme is ‘Lost and Found’, inviting churches to tell their stories of loss and damage, as well as rediscovery and repair. Yorkshire’s historic churches have experienced Viking raids, the Reformation, and even the bombs of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, as well as the more gradual effects of the passage of time.

Breakage (accidental and deliberate), conservation (successful and unsuccessful), concealment and revelation will all come into focus in our festival programme.

We are asking our participants to highlight an aspect of their church that best tells one of these stories. It may be a piece of damage that has defied attempts at repair, or that expresses an aspect of your church’s history. It may be a long-forgotten document or piece of church furniture rarely exposed to the public gaze, or some other feature uncovered in building or renovation work. We welcome in particular the problematic, the unloved, the hidden-away, the scruffy and the unsightly!

What you need to do to take part

Pick the feature in your church that matches the 2019 theme. Then simply complete our expression of interest form which includes:

We will then list your feature on the Church Explorers website during the festival from June – September 2019. We will be conducting a PR campaign during the festival to highlight the theme and encourage the public to visit the churches listed.

You can also hold a special event to highlight your feature during the festival. We can add an event listing to the website and help you publicise the event. You don’t have to hold an event to take part in the festival however – as long as the feature you have listed can be visited by the public at some time between June – September 2019.

Your ideas do not have to be fully formed at this stage: there will be opportunities to revise your submission before the programme goes live.

We look forward to hearing from you and to promoting your church in 2019!