SCA Conference 2016

Church and Industry

St Mary in Castro, Dover

St Mary in Castro church

The 2016 Conference will be held in Canterbury on 2-4 September, 2016, on the subject of 'Church and Industry'. The conference will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University, and will focus on the association of industrial activity with major monastic institutions from the early medieval to early modern period. This conference will bring together an assorted range of talks, revealing new discoveries being made on industry in ecclesiastical contexts, and introducing some of the fascinating insights emerging from projects around the country. Tours of the cathedral's drawing office and stonemasons' workshop, as well as to local churches and monastic sites, will also feature.

On Friday September 2nd, a select group of conference delegates (numbers are limited: first-come/first-serve) will be offered a guided tour of the Cathedral stone conservation workshops, which will then be followed by an open lecture by Professor Martin Biddle, and an informal dinner at La Trappiste, in the heart of the city. **Sorry, but all slots on the Friday workshop tour are now filled.**

On Saturday September 3rd, the morning will begin with an optional self-guided tour of the Cathedral for those who were unable to undertake Friday's tour, followed by a full programme of lectures on a range of topics relevant to the relationships between churches and industry from the Anglo-Saxon era to the early-modern period. In the afternoon, delegates will be given a tour of the World Heritage Sites of St Martin's church and St Augustine's Abbey, and the conference dinner will be held at The Parrot, Canterbury's oldest pub.

On Sunday September 4th, we will undertake a full-day coach tour to a number of exciting church sites in the vicinity of Canterbury, including Lyminge, Folkstone, and St Radigund's, St Martin, and St Mary in Castro in Dover. We will also have lunch at the Mayfly pub in Hawkinge.

Programme and booking information
Conference Programme and Booking Form

If you would like to pay for the conference online, rather than by cheque, you may now do so through the Society for Church Archaeology's PayPal account ( Please return the conference booking form as usual by post or email, and note on it that you will be paying online. In PayPal, choose "pay for goods and services" and enter the Society's email address. Use the reference "SCA Canterbury" plus your name in the "notes for seller" box, so that we can match the payment with your booking form.

***In order to cover PayPal's processing fees, choosing to pay online will incur a 2.00 surcharge (please simply add it on to your total of conference fees.) If you have any questions about paying online, please email Aleks McClain at***

More information about Canterbury, accommodation, etc.
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