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London's Unseen Chapels:From the Notebooks of Canon Clarke
Wed 22 March 2017, 17:00 – 20:30 GMT
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Despite recent events in Parliament Square, Lambeth Palace has confirmed that tonight's event will go ahead as planned. Please avoid Parliament Square and Westminster Underground station is closed.
The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, Lambeth Palace Library, and the Church of England Record Centre have teamed up, thanks to the financial support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, to showcase their collections in a temporary exhibition which unmasks, and brings to life the hidden world of London’s chapels.
The event on March 22nd is for anyone interested in the culture and heritage of london churches as well as those who have an interest in church architecture. The Notebooks of Canon Clarke will be on display, there will be a Lecture Given by Dr Freeman as well as a presentation by the volunteers.
Doors open at 5:00pm. Please arrive by 6:00pm. Reception ends by 8:30pm. Spaces are limited, so book early!
Please note that Lambeth Palace is a closed site, therefore you will not be admitted to the event if you have not booked at ticket.
The Lecture: London's Churches and Chapels - a Miscellany.
Dr Jenny Freeman is an architectural writer, lecturer and historian, a practitioner in building conservation and specialist developer of listed buildings " at risk". A current project is the redundant church of St Mary the Less in Thetford, Norfolk.
Dr Freeman is a former Secretary of the Victorian Society, former Director of Historic Chapels Trust, Vice-Chairman, past Grants Committee member of the National Churches Church and past member of the Council for the Care of Churches (now Church Buildings Council). She is on the Fabric Committee for St Paul's Cathedral. She has a special interest in the City of London.
The Lecture will cover a range of different churches and chapels in London, of several different denominations, with emphasis on Anglican buildings.
More about Canon Clarke:
Canon Clarke, known to us for his last appointment as Honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, was ordained in 1932. He served as minister of St Peter’s, Knowl Hill in Berkshire, for 30 years and served on advisory committees for the care of churches. From a young age, Clarke’s father had encouraged him and his brother, Martin to keep notes on church architecture. Martin gave up, but Basil carried on with what he called his ‘church-crawls’. He visited nearly 11,000 churches in his lifetime, all over England. He kept accounts on each in notebooks and collected postcards, filling 112 albums.
The Canon Clarke Project has begun a journey of discovery that will unmask, and bring to life the hidden world of London’s chapels. The notebooks have provided the inspiration and material for this programme, and will feature in a curated exhibition. The creation of digital online resources, such as blog entries and ChurchDays features, combined with the use of social media, will enable members of the public to engage openly with the project by sharing their interpretations of Canon Clarke’s work, and the significance of chapels in the history of our nation.