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SCA Conference 2024
Transforming Church Archaeology: New Directions and Approaches.

Gloucester Cathedral

The Society for Church Archaeology is pleased to announce its annual conference for 2024 on the theme of ‘Transforming Church Archaeology’. For centuries, churches and other religious buildings have been at the heart of their respective communities. However, declining congregations and other societal changes means institutions such as the Anglican Church are undergoing a period of transformation that directly impacts the buildings they curate. Whilst some churches face closure and an uncertain future, others are adapted to meet the needs of the wider community or for alternative purposes. Within this context, archaeology has an essential role to play, on the one hand guiding adaptations to historic buildings and on the other providing new avenues for presenting and interpreting church heritage to a variety of audiences. Through an exploration of the multifaceted nature of church archaeology in the 21st century, this conference aims to demonstrate how it continues to play a role in a changing religious landscape.


Papers will be presented on 14th September at the Folk of Gloucester, situated in a 16th-century building in the heart of Gloucester. This will be followed by an optional conference dinner. On 15th September, there will be a walking tour of Gloucester churches with a local guide. Accommodation and dinner arrangements will be emailed to all registered guests.

The full conference programme can be downloaded here

Conference Fees: £20 members, £45 non-members

Walking Tour: £7.50

To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.  If you are unable to pay online, please download the booking form, available here.


For enquiries about the conference and bookings please email

We look forward to seeing you there!

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