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Sacred Spaces in Modern Britain

One-day C20 Society/Docomomo symposium exploring a wide range of architects and projects, from churches and cathedrals to monasteries and chapels. Speakers include Louise Campbell, Adrian Forty, Judi Loach, Niall McLaughlin, and Alan Powers.

The twentieth century saw the creation of an enormous range of innovative, traditional, and experimental sacred architecture in Britain. By considering projects and structures across denominations, site purposes and re-use, and the needs and hopes of diverse communities, this event seeks to establish new understanding regarding Britain's modern religious architectural landscapes.

In addition to parish and cathedral commissions after 1900, some of the most startling and inventive architecture in modern Britain was produced by and for convents and monasteries, and these intensely private spaces, many now accessible to the public for the first time, have yet to be studied in depth. Moreover, by expanding the definition of sacred architecture beyond consecrated spaces for liturgical activity, a more nuanced relationship between modern ideas of holiness and space will be explored.