Hidden Treasure: Catholic Churches in England and Wales.

The Friends of Nottingham Cathedral warmly invite you to their inaugural Summer lecture, where Sophie Andreae CBE DSG FSA IHBC will be speaking on 'Hidden Treasure: Catholic Churches in England and Wales.'

30 June 2022 7PM
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Catholic architecture in England and Wales is not as well known as Catholic architecture on the continent of Europe and yet, there is so much to be discovered and rediscovered with regards to it. This lecture offers 'a glimpse of heaven' as Sophie journeys through the various styles, shapes, sizes and history of Catholic architecture in our country. Whilst the talk encompasses buildings from around the country, particular attention will also be given to four Catholic churches of note here in the East Midlands: St Barnabas Cathedral Nottingham, St Mary's Derby, Good Shepherd Woodthorpe and All Saints Hassop. The talk will be followed by drinks in the beautiful Cathedral gardens, British Summer weather permitting! (one drink included in the ticket price).

Sophie Andreae is an architectural historian who has spent her career helping to protect historic buildings and promote them to a wider public audience.

She has been the Vice Chair of the Patrimony Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales since 2002. This Committee, currently chaired by Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, provides advice and guidance on all aspects of Catholic heritage to dioceses, priests and parishioners as well as acting at the link between the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the secular authorities concerned with heritage protection. Sophie is currently co-chair of Historic England’s Places of Worship Forum.

The early part of her career was spent working for SAVE Britain’s Heritage before she took up the role of Director of English Heritage’s London Region. She was appointed by the government to serve as a Commissioner of the Royal Fine Art Commission and its successor body, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. She has also served on a number of heritage bodies, including as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, an elected Council Member of the National Trust and as member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral.

Amongst other projects promoting Catholic heritage, she initiated and project managed the publication of A Glimpse of Heaven: Catholic Churches of England and Wales. This book, authored by Christopher Martin, was the first publication on Catholic churches in England and Wales to be published in full colour.

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