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SCA Conference 2023
The Church in North West Britain and its Connections

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

We are pleased to announce our 2023 conference on 'The Church in North West Britain and its Connections’, which will be held between 16th - 17th September at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

For online booking via Eventbrite please follow this link.


The church in North West Britain will be the theme of the Society for Church Archaeology’s annual conference for the first time in the society’s history. Covering the north-western seaboard of England, Scotland, and Wales, this region has a long and complex history of church and ecclesiastical sites which do not always or easily mirror the changes and continuities noted in other, arguably more well-researched and well-excavated areas, of Britain and Ireland. Reflecting centuries of cultural exchange around the Irish Sea, not least with western Ireland, the North West has its own rich heritage, combining influences from the south-west of Britain, Ireland, and Scandinavia. However, site-specific connections beyond the region are also well-attested, such as Chester and York, Liverpool and Dublin, St Asaph cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and more broadly, Cumbria and the Isle of Man, although by no means exhaustive of regional connections within and beyond the North West. From its earliest medieval origins to its most recent church heritage, this conference aims to include the widest range of periods and places, connections or isolations, from this complex and vibrant region.

The Society for Church Archaeology is very pleased to confirm that the University of Liverpool will be our first annual conference partner and co-ordinated by members of the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (LCMRS). The conference itself will be held at the iconic Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The Friday evening keynote and reception, sponsored by LCMRS, will be held in the university’s prestigious School of the Arts Library. A fieldtrip to Norton Priory, the most excavated monastic site in Europe, is scheduled for Sunday with full access to its extensive museum of finds and its walled garden.

A full conference programme and booking form is available here as a pdf  or here as Word document .

Thanks to our partnership with the University of Liverpool, delegates can take advantage of discounted hotel rates in Liverpool, subject to availability. Please email your preferred dates of stay with the subject line ‘Hotel Booking’ and we can send you hotel rates and booking instructions.


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