English parish churches and sustainability

Walter, Nigel (2023) English parish churches and sustainability. In: ICOMOS Scientific Symposium 2021 - Living heritage and climate change, 9-10 November 2021, online. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

England's 16,000 parish churches represent an outstanding body of living heritage. Typically, they have experienced multiple episodes of change, which has both enabled them to survive and given them their outstanding character. Growing awareness of the climate crisis – and the Church of England’s own recognition of this crisis – is leading to further change, including, for example, the upgrading of fabrics and the installation of photovoltaic panels, where appropriate. This paper describes two aspects of the Church’s response, a ‘Practical Path to Net Zero Carbon’ document aimed at parish communities, and a set of Best Practice Guidance for architects and surveyors. Responding to the climate crisis will necessarily result in changes to these buildings. The paper argues that such change need not be seen as a threat, but rather anticipated as normal to the lives of living heritage. But in order for these changes to be successfully integrated, they must be made in continuity with the tradition that formed these buildings, being framed as a theological question, as a ‘mark of mission’. Such change should strengthen the connections between people and heritage places, to the benefit of both.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Walter, Nigel
Languages: French
Keywords: United Kingdom; churches; climate change; preventive conservation; sustainability; philosophy of conservation
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 09. Philosophy of conservation
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
G. DETERIORATION > 03. Climate change
G. DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
National Committee: ICOMOS International
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2021 Advisory Committee Scientific Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2023 09:26
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 10:05
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2918

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