Member Exclusive Lectures

Member Exclusive Lectures

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  • The Brunelleschi, Alberti and Italian churches in the early Renaissance

    Professor Howard has had a lifelong enthusiast for the art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance particularly in Florence, and his talk today focusses on the churches of the two great pioneering architects of the early Renaissance, Brunelleschi and Alberti, who radically reshaped the desig...

  • The Parish Church on Screen

    In this lecture, Alice will talk through the history of three remarkable CCT churches which were featured, and also discuss more generally the challenges and thrills of bringing church and cathedral history to mainstream audiences.

    Alice Loxton is a historian, presenter and writer. She presents...

  • Arrow Sharpening Marks: An English Church Myth

    Across England, rows of parallel vertical scars can be found on church stonework, clustered around porches, doors and windows; for upwards of a century, local antiquarians have been assuring us that these marks were made by the archers of medieval England sharpening their arrows. This well-loved ...

  • Memento Mori II

    We welcome back Mark Hatton, an expert in the field of Memento Mori. These symbolic tropes act as a reminder of the inevitability of death and within this lecture are discussed in conjunction with the use of Adam and Eve imagery on eighteenth-century stones. As we venture further into this subjec...

  • The Pope's Greatest Adversary: Girolamo Savonarola

    On 24 May 1497 Girolamo Savonarola was led out to a scaffold in the middle of the Piazza della Signoria. Crowds gathered around and watched as he was publically humiliated before being hanged and burned. But what did this man do that warranted such a horrendous death? Born on 21 September 1458 in...

  • Passion & Resurrection: The Purging of Art in the Reformation

    Join acclaimed art historian and one of the leading art critics in the world, Andrew Graham-Dixon for a fascinating lecture, Passion and Resurrection: The Purging of Art in the Reformation. At this exclusive Member lecture, Andrew will take attendees on a visual journey through art, showing some ...

  • Saving Churches: Conservation in the West Region

    Join our Conservation Manager for the West region, Meriel O'Dowd, as she explores the various successes and challenges CCT have faced saving historic churches, and get an insight into future churches coming our way.

  • The Bookseller of Florence

    Vespasiano da Bisticci was “the king of the world’s booksellers.” Born in humble circumstances in Florence in 1422, he became the biggest manuscript dealer in fifteenth-century Europe. His clients included kings, popes and princes, as well as three generations of the Medici. He created magnificen...

  • The Black Death of 1348 in London

    In late 1348, the Black Death entered London. Over the next 9 months, it ravaged the populace killing thousands. This paper provides a detailed look at its arrival, spread and eventual disappearance, and looks at some of the archaeological and architectural evidence for its passage, its final dea...

  • Indigenous Textiles for the Catholic Church in Latin America

    The talk will explain how various textile types from the Pre-Columbian Americas were adapted to create Catholic church ornaments beginning in the sixteenth century. Examples will be drawn from each of the chapters of Dr. Stanfield-Mazzi’s new book, Clothing the New World Church: Liturgical Textil...

  • Pyramidally Extant

    Ever wondered how you go about looking at funerary monuments? How were they built? Who built them? What do they tell us? Join the Churches Conservation Trust and Dr Jean Wilson, from The Church Monuments Society, for this fascinating lecture exploring the wide-ranging subject of funerary monument...

  • G.F. Bodley, All Saints, Cambridge and the Churches Conservation Trust

    In 1981 the Redundant Churches Committee of the Church Commissioners agreed by a narrow margin – one vote – to vest All Saints, Cambridge, in the Churches Conservation Trust, thus saving it from certain mutilation and possible demolition. The building, designed by George Frederick Bodley and open...

  • Traditions of Death and Burial

    Death has been a source of grief and uncertainty for humanity throughout history, but it has also been the inspiration for a plethora of fascinating customs and much human creativity. This talk with Dr Helen Frisby, author of the Shire book Traditions of Death and Burial, explores English death a...

  • Adventures in Medieval Sculpture: Uncovering the Power of the Romanesque

    What do you do after writing a PhD on the medieval grotesque? In Alex Woodcock’s case it was to learn stonemasonry. Practical knowledge of working stone gradually transformed his understanding of medieval sculpture and eventually led to him working as a stonemason at Exeter Cathedral for several ...

  • Santo Prepuzio! How the Foreskin of Jesus was found, revered, and disappeared...

    In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: The pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fing...

  • Digital analysis of lost architecture: Lutyens’ Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

    This talk will analyse Sir Edwin Lutyens’ design for Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, which, according to his son, was ‘the very greatest building that was never built.’ Whilst research and critique of unbuilt or destroyed architecture is traditionally carried out through the examination of surv...

  • Heaven for heretics

    In 864 Tsar Boris I of the Bulgarian empire converted to Christianity after an extensive period of research into Christianity which included detailed questioning of the Pope. However, the new religion only took off after the intervention of the pupils of Saints Cyril and Methodius moved in after...