Seminar Extended Use of Churches

TIME: 7 October 2013, 9.00-17.30
PLACE: Niguliste Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

For centuries churches have been the central pillars of the communities around them – congregations’ manifestations of pride and wealth. In these days the status of a church building has undergone considerable change. Secularisation and urbanisation processes have shrunk congregations, especially in the countryside. Financial challenges and under-use are the key factors which put historical churches under threat of redundancy. The focus of the seminar is extended use of churches. The aim is to introduce the present situation and trends in Europe and boost the discussion on that matter.  Our target groups are congregations and the clergy as well as the professionals working in the field of heritage protection.

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)

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.

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:
Alternative organisations. Presentation by Leena Seim
Extended use of churches. Presentation by Lilian Grootswagers