Cost: £12.00 Per Seat

The Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings in the 20th Century

With thanks to the organiser: Dr Linda Monckton, FSA (Historic England)
Co-sponsored by: Historic England

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Historic England has been working with partners over recent years to develop and deepen an understanding of the landscape of faith buildings in 20th century England, including the long-standing traditions of Christianity and Judaism. This particular event will instead focus on those faith groups which arrived in the UK in the late 19th and 20th century, and have since made a significant contribution to the heritage of a modern and multicultural historic environment.

For the first time, we and Historic England will bring together this new body of research on Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian places of worship with heritage practitioners, researchers and theorists. The aim is to provide a platform for a discussion on issues of heritage practice and heritage discourse in the field of multiculturalism, multiple identities and the historic environment. This will provide an opportunity for a long overdue debate on the significance and character of buildings whose quality and importance have not been fully recognised in heritage debates.

Image: The Shah Jehan mosque, Woking, designed and built in 1889. Listed Grade II*. © Historic England (taken from the 'Places of Worship Listing Selection Guide', 2017, p 29).

Conference Programme

9.00-10.00: Registration (tea and coffee provided)

10.00-10.15: Welcome from the Society of Antiquaries of London and Historic England

Keynote Speech
10.15-10.35: Heritage values and setting out the challenge – Dr Noha Nasser (Mela Social Enterprise)

Session 1: Identifying heritage in minority faith groups – Dr Linda Monckton (Chair, Historic England)

  • 10.45-11.05: Building Buddhism – Dr Caroline Starkey (University of Leeds)
  • 11.05-11.25: Sikh heritage in transition – Dr Clare Canning (University of Manchester)
  • 11.25-11.45: Hinduism in England – Professor Emma Tomalin and Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds)

11.45-12.15: Refreshment Break (tea and coffee provided)

Session 2: Significance and social values – Dr Noha Nasser (Chair, Mela Social Enterprise)

  • 12:20-12:40: Identifying significance in theory – Associate Professor Randall Mason (University of Pennsylvania)
  • 12:40-13:00: Theologies of place and contesting multiple narratives: a comparative analysis of post migrant faith groups – Dr Andrew Rogers (University of Roehampton)
  • 13:00-13:30: Panel Discussion – Democratising heritage and shared values: How should we approach this?

13:30-14:30: Lunch (provided)

Session 3: How does it really work? – Emily Gee (Chair, Historic England)

  • 14:30-14:50: Identifying significance in practice – Nairita Chakraborty (Conservation Officer, Haringey Borough Council)
  • 14:50-15:10: British Islamic heritage, a case study in identity – Shahed Saleem (Makespace Architects and University of Westminster)
  • 15:10-15:30: Panel Discussion – What can we learn and how are we doing?

15:30-15:40: Short Break

Session 4: Future Strategies – Deborah Lamb (Chair, Historic England)

  • 15:40-16:00: What matters most in considering multiple values? – Emily Gee (Historic England)
  • 16:00-16:20: Future patterns of development and the impact of a changing faith landscape – Dr Richard Gale (University of Cardiff)
  • 16:20-16:55: Concluding Panel Discussion – Where should we be going now, and how should we set a research and policy agenda for the future?

16:55-17:00: Written feedback welcomed

Evening Reception - entry by invitation only
18:00-19:00: Launch for The British Mosque. Reception with drinks and nibbles.