The Society for Church Archaeology Conference

Each year, the Society holds a two/three-day academic conference on a theme pertaining to church archaeology, which also incorporates the AGM for the Society. Conferences are held in the autumn, most often in September and October, and any member of the Society or outside interested party is welcome and encouraged to attend. Conference information is always sent out to members in our summer newsletter, but the earliest and most up-to-date information will be posted on the website. Conference programmes and booking forms can be found here and downloaded.

Upcoming Conferences

The 2018 Conference will be held in Hull on Sept 14th-16th, entitled 'The Commemoration of Conflict'. We are very pleased to be bringing the SCA conference to Hull, the UK's City of Culture for 2017. The conference will address the themes of war and commemoration in churches and churchyards, not only taking into account the centenary of the end of the Great War, but also considering the implications of war and memorials throughout the medieval and early modern periods. We will also focus on how ecclesiastical monuments have been utilised for expressions of conquest, as well as for remembrance of the dead. The Sunday schedule will comprise a full day coach tour, involving visits to some of the exceptional and less-well-known churches of East Yorkshire. More information, including a full timetable and booking details, will be available shortly!

This year, we are opening the conference to paper proposals from interested speakers. Please see the call for papers, and email Norma Oldfield by 28th February 2018 with paper proposals or for further information.

Past Conference Webpages

The Articulation of Light and Space in Churches: Worcester, Sept 15-17, 2017
Church and Industry: Canterbury, Sept 2-4, 2016
Churches and Settlement: Rural Churches and Medieval Landscapes: Leicester, Sept 4-6, 2015
The Archaeology of Early Christianity: Chester, Sept 6-7, 2014
The Romanesque Church in Gloucester: Gloucester, Sept. 7-8, 2013
Making Christian Landscapes: Conversion and Consolidation in the Early Middle Ages: Cork, Sept. 21-23, 2012
One-day Workshop: The Medieval Church in Context: Thetford, July 28th, 2012
Churches and the Sea: Chichester, Sept. 2-4, 2011
Documenting Destruction in Yorkshire: the Dispersal of Monastic Artefacts: York, Sept. 17-19, 2010
Romans and the Romanesque in Lincoln and Lincolnshire: Lincoln, Sept. 25-27, 2009
The Archaeology of Post-Medieval Religion: Norwich, Sept. 12-14, 2008
Changing Patterns in Scottish Church Landscapes: Edinburgh, Sept. 28th-30th, 2007
Precincts, Parks and Ruins: the Archaeology of Ecclesiastical Landscapes: Exeter, Sept. 15th-17th, 2006
The Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxon Church: Jarrow, Sept. 30th-Oct. 2nd, 2005
The Archaeology of Early Medieval Celtic Churches, c.400-1100: Bangor, Sept. 9th-12th, 2004
The Archaeology of Church Interiors: Winchester, Sept. 20th-21st, 2003