7 October 2013
Niguliste Museum, Tallinn

8.45 – 9.15 Registration
9.15 – 9.30 Welcome
9.30 – 11.00 Session 1

  • Conservation of Estonian religious heritage. Past and present
    Anneli Randla, Dean of the faculty of art and culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts
  • Redundancy or Reguvenation? The Future of Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Churches as Heritage Buildings
    Rev Gustav Piir, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • A future for religious heritage in Europe
    Leena Seim, Development Officer of the Future for Religious Heritage (FRH)
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00 Session 2
  • How communities can sustain historic churches, the Churches Conservation Trust experience
    Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of the  hurches Conservation Trust, Chair of the FRH Networking Group
  • Under the Arches, Dutch religious heritage in a new era
    Lilian Grootswagers, owner of, member of the Task Force Toekomst Kerkgebouwen in the Netherlands, FRH Council Secretary
  • Church redundancy and change of use in the Orthodox tradition
    Joseph Roilidis, restoration architect from Greece. Currently teaching in municipal schools in Helsinki.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Session 3

  • The future for historical churches without congregation – a challenge for the church administration and heritage boards
    Joakim Hansson, Associate Professor at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, member of FRH Networking Group

    • Parallel sessions: discussions
      Parallel 1: Expanded use of churches
      Parallel 2: Alternative organisations

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 Session 4. Conclusion