ChurchCare events

We organise regular events which cover a wide range of topics.

Come and join us!

Annual DAC Conference 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.

Details will follow soon, and bookings will open by Lent.

Festival Churches: Mission and Community

Mon, 25th March 2019,  Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HA

The Diocese of Sheffield and the Association of Festival Churches invite all those concerned with the care and imaginative use of churches to a day conference. This event will be especially relevant to Diocesan Officers and senior clergy as well as incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members who are considering alternative patterns of worship, and how their church might widen its appeal to the local community.

Booking available here

The Phoenix Renewed: Sustainability of Post-War Churches and Cathedrals

Mon 18 – Tues 19 March 2019, Coventry Cathedral.

The Phoenix Renewed: Sustainability of Post-War Churches and Cathedrals.

Coventry Cathedral epitomised the spirit of the age and captured the attention of the nation when it was consecrated in 1962, but almost 60 years later it faces some significant conservation challenges. Many of these will be familiar to those who are involved and interested in post-war churches. As Coventry looks towards hosting the UK City of Culture celebrations in 2021, solutions and opportunities to address these challenges are brought into sharp focus.

Set within Spence’s masterpiece of mid-twentieth century art and architecture, this international conference will discuss themes of significance and change, materials technology and conservation, and consider the management of collections and interiors designed in tandem with the buildings.  Over two days, experts from The Getty Foundation, Historic England, C20 Society, Church of England as well as a range of practitioners will present the latest best practice and lead panel debates. A highlight will be the gala dinner in the Cathedral on the evening of 18 March. 

Save the date: bookings can be found here, and will differ from our usual booking system.



Download the full programme for the conference here

Monday 18th March 2019

Registration from 10am, with the first session starting at 10.30am.

Session 1:  Setting the Scene: C20 Churches and Cathedrals in context

Including a contribution from Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England


Session 2: Conserving the Modern: opportunities and challenges

Including contributions from the Getty Foundation and the architects of two of England’s finest C20th cathedrals: Coventry and Liverpool Metropolitan

The first day will end at 5.30pm before our unique evening reception and gala dinner, right in the nave of the Cathedral 

Attendees are asked to arrange their own accommodation in central Coventry; we hope to be able to advertise a conference rate for a local hotel in the near future.


Tuesday 19th March 2019

Session 3:  Our post-war Legacy: understanding and engagement

Chaired by Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission and former Director-General of the National Trust

Lunch, including an optional practical session on Dalle de Verre repair techniques with Glasmerai Peters


Session 4: The Phoenix Renewed: Mending Modernism

Including contributions from ICOMOS committee members and international experts on C20th materials

The conference will end at 5pm 


The cost of attending is £149 (inc VAT) per person and includes all catering, but not overnight accommodation.

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 training

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
Training for new administrators, deans and chapter members
How the Church manages its buildings