We organise regular events which cover a wide range of topics.
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Annual DAC Conference 2019
The Diocese of Blackburn
September 10, 2019 – September 12, 2019
The 2019 conference will be held jointly with Diocesan Mission and Pastoral Committee Secretaries and Chairs between the 10 -12th September 2019 in the Diocese of Blackburn. It will focus on approaches to church buildings in urban areas and where resource issues are particularly acute. We will be based in the deanery of Accrington.
The conference programme is available here
Bookings can be made through our event site
Annual Bells Conference
Christ Church, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1DP
June 27, 2019 – June 28, 2019
Communication and collaboration
The 2019 DAC Bell Adviser’s Conference will be held in Christ Church, Oxford this year on 28 June 2019. The programme includes talks on tuning, bell casting and brittle bells.
The optional afternoon visits on 27 June will give the opportunity to visit Whites of Appleton and to ring at three Oxford colleges.
Bookings can be made through our event site
Annual Organ Conference
27th– 29th August 2019
Launde Abbey in the Leicester Diocese
The 2019 Diocesan Organ Advisers' Conference will be held in Launde Abbey in Leicester Diocese on 27th to 29th August 2019. The programme includes visits to Taylor and Porritt instrument buildings; Stoneygate Baptist church for a demonstration of the unchanged Taylor by Richard Young; and St Peter’s Highfield to view the magnificent 4-manual 1910 Taylor instrument. The first evening visit will be to Melton Mowbray, where there will be a talk and demonstrate on the recently refurbished J. W. Walker organ, where once Sir Malcolm Sargent was organist & choirmaster.
There will be an emphasis on the training of Diocesan Organ Advisors' both in technical and procedural matters. Dominic Gwynn will speak on restoration, and Geoff McMahon will discuss electrics. Melvin Hughes and John Rowntree have also been invited to discuss the work of BIOS, and the current state of the HOCS.
At this conference we will also hold our important AGM where the next Chairman and Secretary will be appointed.
Bookings can be made directly with Paul Hale through this booking form
Conference for cathedral Fabric Advisory Committees
Every few years, we organise a two-day conference for the chairs and secretaries of cathedral Fabric Advisory Committees.
The next conference will be held in July 2019.
The conference is a chance for the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Fabric Advisory Committee members to discuss topics of common interest and new developments (e.g. legislation, funding and good practice). Everyone involved in the care and maintenance of cathedral buildings and their contents is welcome.
Each conference is hosted by two cathedrals. Visits and conference sessions offer participants the opportunity to share their experiences, see something new and gain a new perspective. They also allow the host cathedrals to showcase projects, share their thinking and draw on attendees’ expertise and experience.
Further information on the 2019 conference is coming soon.
Recent conferences have been held at:
- Ely and St Edmundsbury (2017)
- Bristol and Wells (2013)
- Birmingham and Lichfield (2010)
- Derby and Southwell (2007)
- York and Sheffield (2004)
Cathedral chapters are responsible for the most important collection of historic buildings in the country.
Our training sessions exist to help you protect and enhance the significance of these special, living places of worship.The role and function of the Commission and FACs
We are happy to visit you and present on the role and function of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Fabric Advisory Committees to your FAC and members of chapter.
- The legal framework for making changes to cathedral buildings
- The role of an FAC in advising upon and determining applications
- The relationship of individual FACs to the Commission
The Association of English Cathedrals offers induction training for:
- Newly appointed cathedral administrators
- Deans without previous cathedral experience
- Members of cathedral chapters
We’ll be there to explain the work of the Commission and Fabric Advisory Committees.
New cathedral administrators and FAC chairs and secretaries may want to attend ChurchCare’s introduction on how the Church of England manages its buildings.