POLAND – Fair on Conservation of Devotional Objects and Art in churches

POLAND: Torun Trade Centre, Conservation Fair 2012/Churches 2012, 18.10.2012 – 20.10.2012

Between 18.10.- 20.10. 2012 Torun trade centre will be hosting the IX. Fair on Conservation of Devotional Objects and Art in churches called KOSCIOLY 2012/ CHURCHES 2012.

These events are the biggest and the only of their kind in Poland covering issues on protection and conservation of the historcal monuments and the equipment of the sacral buildings. The Fair will also host XV. Monuments Conservation Forum concentrating on these subjects:

  • Funding monuments from the European Union.
  • Experiences and perspectives.
  • Evaluation of the quality and accuracy of maintenance-treatment technology workshop.

These fairs are organised under the patronage of the highest state and municipal authorities and are supported by the most important media and web portals. It is a unique possibility to create a new business contacts and learn about the latest trends in the field.

For more information in polish please visit http://www.targitorunskie.pl/index.php?aid=122942856349479753204d3


UK – Demand for church repair funding soars

A big increase in the number of the UK’s Christian places of worship seeking funding for repairs and modernisation has been reported by the National Churches Trust.

Annual Review 2011 – 2012Figures released by the National Churches Trust in its Annual Review for 2011-2012 show that the number of churches, chapels and meeting houses applying for funding has doubled.

In 2011 the National Churches Trust, an independent charity which supports places of worship of all Christian denominations across the UK, received 618 applications for grants, compared to 309 received in 2010.

via Demand for church repair funding soars.

GEORGIA Bagrati reopened after controversial restoration

The World Heritage listed Bagrati Cathedral in Georgia is one of the country’s most potent national symbols. It was recently reopened after controversial restoration works driven through by President Saakashvili.

The works have been critizised by both national heritage bodies and UNESCO, expressing its “serious concern about irreversible interventions carried out on the site as part of a major reconstruction project. The Committee believes this project will undermine the integrity and authenticity of the site and should be immediately halted.” [http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/637]

Political winds also blow around the building, where it represents the modern development of Georgia to Saakashvili, it is provokative to others.

Read other articles via the links below.

In Georgia, a legacy threatened by progress | Europe | DW.DE | 03.09.2012.

Civil.Ge | Opposition, Ruling Party Leaders Gather to Mark Opening of Rebuilt Cathedral.


BELGIUM: International conference “Liturgy as Muse”

Religious institutes as protagonists in renewing liturgy, sacred art and music and Church material culture (1903-1962)

International conference of the European Forum on the History of Religious Institutes in the 19th and 20th Centuries (RELINS-Europe)

8-10 November 2011

At the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), ideas about lay participation in the Church and the ‘popularization’ of the service were definitively elevated to norms. The origins and implementation of this aspect of the Council’s decision have already been studied extensively by historians. By contrast, the tendencies towards reforming the service and Church material culture already apparent in the first half of the 20th century have received little attention. Even less attention has been paid to the role of (members of) religious institutes in this movement of renewal before Vaticanum II for which their importance was nonetheless substantial. The conference will bring together international scholars of Europe and the USA to discuss the topic intensively and make some first conclusions, focussing on tree main themes.

via International conference Liturgy as Muse.

EUROPE Religious heritage routes promoted in South America and Asia

“There is a lot to discover in Europe: Thematic packages and itineraries, covering all four corners of the EU, are available. These include pan-EU and regional tours on religious, cultural heritage and gastronomic themes — like wine and olive oil routes — and tailored packages incorporating historic and natural UNESCO sites,” said Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship. He is referring to the “Europe — Whenever you’re ready” campaign, which would run between September this year and December 2013, is designed to remind tourists from India, Brazil, Russia, China, Chile and Argentina to discover the old continent.

via Business Line : News / International : European Union launches tourism campaign.

SLOVAKIA – volunteer web-resource

The website and initiative www.ohrozenekostoly.sk (transl.: “endangered churches”), is the only countrywide initiative working to protect historical places of worship and to gain knowledge about underused and redundant churches and chapels in Slovakia. Everything is run out of the pure enthusiasm of two PhD students at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, there is no financial profit from the activities and there are no financial resources.

It provides:
- the database of underused and redundant churches “Databáza
- interactive map of underused and redundant churches and chapels (red) and ongoing projects (blue)
- maintenance guide for owners of historical places of worship “Starostlivosť”
- ongoing projects “Projekty záchrany a obnovy”
- terminology in slovak language “Terminológia”

As a registrated user, you can do a filtered search according to denomination, type of building, region, district, historical region, which is useful to find common features/factors etc.

Also visit the Facebook page, for more informal and more actual information on what is going on.

NORWAY: Arson causes debate on management

Another wooden church burned in Norway earlier this month, by arson. This time, there was a fire alarm in place and the fire could be fought, but this is not always the case. 80 % of churches in Norway have defective electrical systems and ca 33 % do not have fire alarm systems. Oddbjørn Nikolaisen, who is the Church Warden of Misvær Church, which burned most recently, said the municipality has no budget to instal fire alarms. The Bishop Tor B. Jørgensen responds to this by carrying out a survey to have an overview of which churches do not have a fire alarm, and states that this lack of protection is unacceptable.

Read more in Norwegian.


UK Project – Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955-75

In 2011, the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK awarded Dr Robert Proctor, Lecturer in History of Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, a major 20-month Research Grant for a project entitled ‘Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955 to 1975′. The grant was awarded to enable the applicant to write a book on this subject, due for draft completion by the end of the award period and publication in 2014; to enable the Glasgow School of Art to employ a research assistant for the project; for a small public exhibition intended to travel to a variety of non-standard venues, principally churches; and for other related outputs such as conference papers as well as non-academic work to broaden the project’s impact.

A typical Roman Catholic parish church built in Britain in the mid-1970s looked radically different from any church buildings which had been built twenty years earlier. The two decades between 1955 and 1975 witnessed substantial changes within the Roman Catholic Church in the fields of theology and liturgy, with decisive effects on church architecture. It was also a period of transition in architecture more generally, from traditional and historical styles to modern design, a shift which profoundly affected the appearances of church buildings, even those by architecture firms which continued to operate throughout the period. This was also a period of massive urban transformations, as housing estates and New Towns were built to accommodate people moved out of city centres and into new communities. To follow these population movements the Roman Catholic Church undertook a vast building campaign of new churches, often seen as hubs of community and expressions of identity.

This project aims to examine all these factors by looking in detail at a selection of the many churches of the period. Of the hundreds built, few were published in any significant way at the time, and even fewer have been published since, so there is a current lack of available knowledge of this body of architecture. Many churches are architecturally innovative and historically interesting, but in danger of being demolished or altered as ideas about church architecture and the liturgy change again. This project will therefore raise awareness of this rich architectural and religious heritage, while analysing and interpreting the buildings according to their historical context.

via About the Project « Roman Catholic Church Architecture in Britain, 1955-75.

UK What are Angel Roofs?

By the late 1300s English constructional and decorative carpentry had attained a level of sophistication which was unrivalled in Europe.

The angel roof is one of the most impressive and complex examples of this skill. The hammerbeam roof is another. In East Anglia the two structures often combine, but rarely anywhere else in the country.

Between 1395 and about 1530, several hundred angel roofs were built in England, most of them during the 1400s, a century of usurpation, conquest and loss in France, the Wars of the Roses and the birth of the Tudor dynasty.

Of these, more than 140 angel roofs survive. They occur almost exclusively in churches, and predominantly in East Anglia, particularly in the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Angel roofs are found in a range of structural patterns, but whatever the structural form, they are all, by definition, adorned with carved images of angels. Some are 8ft tall, others are half-body figures or low-relief carvings. Some roofs have a handful of angels, others scores, and a few have hundreds.

via The Angel Roofs of East Anglia – What are Angel Roofs?.