The information that you will find below is a snapshot of the event, and does not attempt to be comprehensive. If you have a particular interest in any of the topics or presenters, do not hesitate to email FRH so that we can put you in touch with the relevant contacts.

Contributor’s biographies

Session 1 – Welcome and introduction

Olivier de Rohan President of FRH and Sauvegarde de l’Art Français, France

Crispin Truman Chair of the FRH Networking Group, Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, UK
Introduction to Extended Use of Religious Heritage

Thomas Coomans FRH Council Member, Professor at the University of Leuven, Department of Architecture, and Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation, Belgium
Adaptive Reuse and Changing Values of Church Buildings: A Western Tradition for Centuries

Session 2 – Poster session

The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust, UK

Early cultural uses for redundant churches, Germany

Assessment and issues concerning the conversion of churches in Montréal, Québec, Canada

Heritage Recycled – HERE, Belgium/UK

Reevaluating Religious Heritage in Toronto, Canada

Diyarbakir Surp Giragos Armenian Church, Cyprus

Case studies of extended use in 3 historic London churches, UK

Abandoned Churches – Different Approaches of European Countries to Deal with the Challenge

Church Care, UK

Din l-Art Helwa, Malta

Cracow University of Technology, Poland

Session 3 – case studies

Petr Wollner Deputy Manager, Building and Restoration Department, The Archbishopric of Prague
Extended Use in the Roman Catholic Churches of the Czech Republic, Experiences and Reflections

Henrik Lindblad Member of the FRH Networking Group, National Coordinator for Cultural Heritage at the Church of Sweden
Old Churches – New Values. Use and Management of Swedish Churches in a Changing Society

Lilian Grootswagers FRH Council Secretary, owner of and member of the Task Force Toekomst Kerkgebouwen in the Netherlands, and Jacoline Takke historian, staff member Museum Catharijneconvent and co-author of the ”Guidelines on dealing with religious objects”.
Religious Heritage in the Netherlands: Changes, Challanges and Opportunities

Session 4 – Site visits

How does the current use (mixed or otherwise) impact on the visitor experience?
How (in your view) is the authenticity of the building enhanced, served or altered by the current use and operation of it?
What sorts of activities are suitable for this kind of church?
Basilica dei Frari San Maurizio San Antonin

Session 5 – Parallel sessions

Parallel 5:1 – Religious perspectives

Amra Hadzimuhamedovic Commissioner to Preserve National Monuments at the International University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Mosque, A Sacred Building With Diverse Uses

Rev Ruth Dowson Senior Lecturer, Course Leader BA Events Management, HND Events Management, UK Centre for Events Management, Carnegie Faculty, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
Anglican and Non-Denominational Approaches

Don Stefano Costantini Parish priest of sant’Alvise
The Meaning of a Sacred Building for the Roman-Catholic Religion and its Possible Uses

PARALLEL 5:2 – Material impacts

Graham Bell Member of the FRH Networking Group, Chair of the Hungarian Renaissance Foundation for Built Heritage, and Agnes Szekeres from the Gyula Forster National Centre for Cultural Heritage Management, Hungary
Tradition Through Transformation: Practical inspiration to extended use in Hungary

Giovanni Dalla Costa Architect practicing in Venice, working with profane as well as sacred buildings, Italy
Regarding Heating, Heating with Regard. The Case of San Canciano’s Church in Venice

Peter Aiers Director of the South East Region, Churches Conservation Trust, UK
Informing the Re-Use of Historic Churches- Balancing Conservation and Community

PARALLEL 5:3 – Interpretation and tourism

Giandomenico Romanelli Vice President of the Chorus Association, professor at the University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice, formerly director of the Venetian Civic Museums, Italy
How do we Present the Religious Heritage of Venice and Make it Relevant to the Vast Numbers of Tourists?

Sissel F. Plathe Museum Inspector, National Museum of Denmark, Research and Exhibitions, Danish Middle Ages and Renaissance
Introduction to ‘Oeret til Vaeggen’ or ‘Listen to the Wall’; A new app for your smartphone with stories and pictures of wallpaintings from 136 churches in Denmark

PARALLEL 5 – summary session

Panel debate

Session 6 – Authenticity and significance for the future

Don Gianmatteo Caputo Director of the Pastoral Tourism and Cultural Heritage for the Patriarchate of Venice and Director of Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra, Italy
The Extended Use for a Extended Meaning and Value.

Luc Noppen Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s (UQAM), Département d’études urbaines et touristiques in Canada
The Fate of the Churches in Quebec (Canada) : a Prefiguration of a Trend in the Christian Occident

Prof. Giorgio Gianighian Universita’ IUAV di Venezia, Italy
Taking Care of Two World Heritage Armenian Fortified Monasteries in Iran

Session 7 – mini-presentations

Pance Velkov President of the Makedonia Foundation, Professor of Heritage and Architecture at the Euro Balkan Institute in Skopje
A Way to Preserve Religious Heritage of the Republic of Macedonia

Jennie Hawks Co-ordinator of Art Alive in Churches, England, UK
Open Churches and Art Alive

Jan Jaspers Director for the Department of Immovable Religious Heritage (CRKC – Centrum voor Religieuze Kunst en Cultuur), Belgium
Expertise Center for the Immovable Religious Reritage in Flanders

Scott Wham Part 2 Architect, Church Buildings Renewal Trust, Scotland, UK
A Church For The Future

Dr. Uwe Otzen Council member of Foerderkreis Alte Kirchen Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany
The Case of Brandenburg, Germany

Hulya Yuceer Architect and Instructor at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Turkey
Re-Using Religious Heritage Sites in the Absence of Their Community Churches in Northern Cyprus

Anneli Randla Associate Professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts
The Former Dominican Friary Church in Tallinn (Estonia) – Challenges of a Religious Ruin

Session 8 – FRH and the future

Possible future projects