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The Society for Church Archaeology Annual Conference

Each year, the Society holds a two/three-day academic conference on a theme pertaining to church archaeology, which also incorporates the AGM for the Society. Conferences are held in the autumn, most often in September, and any member of the Society or outside interested party is welcome and encouraged to attend. Conference information is always sent out to members in our summer newsletter, but the earliest and most up-to-date information will be posted on the website. Conference programmes and booking forms can be found here and downloaded.

Upcoming Conferences

After several years of online conferences due to COVID, we are very pleased to be able to return to our traditional format for 2023! The 2023 Conference will take place in Liverpool on Sept 15th-17th, on the theme of churches in the Northwest. The conference will begin Friday evening with a keynote lecture at the University of Liverpool (School of the Arts library), and continue on Saturday at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, with a range of scholarly papers. It will conclude on Sunday with a field trip to Norton Priory. Check back here for further details on the schedule of speakers and registration.

Student Bursaries

Each year, we are able to offer up to four student bursaries covering the conference fees. Please contact the Treasurer if you are interested in applying for a bursary.

Past Conferences

International Perspectives on Church Archaeology: online, Sept 17, 2022

Movement in the Ecclesiastical Landscape: online, Sept 17-18, 2021

The Archaeology of Burials, Churchyards, and their Contexts: St Albans, Sept 27-29, 2019

The Commemoration of Conflict: Hull, Sept 14-16, 2018
The Articulation of Light and Space in Churches: Worcester, Sept 15-17, 2017
Church and Industry: Canterbury, Sept 2-4, 2016
Churches and Settlement: Rural Churches and Medieval Landscapes: Leicester, Sept 4-6, 2015
The Archaeology of Early Christianity: Chester, Sept 6-7, 2014
The Romanesque Church in Gloucester: Gloucester, Sept. 7-8, 2013
Making Christian Landscapes: Conversion and Consolidation in the Early Middle Ages: Cork, Sept. 21-23, 2012
One-day Workshop: The Medieval Church in Context: Thetford, July 28th, 2012
Churches and the Sea: Chichester, Sept. 2-4, 2011
Documenting Destruction in Yorkshire: the Dispersal of Monastic Artefacts: York, Sept. 17-19, 2010
Romans and the Romanesque in Lincoln and Lincolnshire: Lincoln, Sept. 25-27, 2009
The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion: Norwich, Sept. 12-14, 2008
Changing Patterns in Scottish Church Landscapes: Edinburgh, Sept. 28th-30th, 2007
Precincts, Parks and Ruins: the Archaeology of Ecclesiastical Landscapes: Exeter, Sept. 15th-17th, 2006
The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Church: Jarrow, Sept. 30th-Oct. 2nd, 2005
The Archaeology of Early Medieval Celtic Churches, c.400-1100: Bangor, Sept. 9th-12th, 2004
The Archaeology of Church Interiors: Winchester, Sept. 20th-21st, 2003

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