INSPIRED CONFERENCE      27 February 2018

Heritage Interpretation for Places of Worship

Come along and be inspired by the opportunities inherent in our heritage that can make our much-loved places of worship more appealing, engaging and sustainable. By sharing the experiences of others, find out how to turn your heritage into an opportunity rather than a burden, and be inspired to see far beyond traditional exhibitions and events to tell your stories and reveal your treasures in exciting new ways.
Join us to discover that, whatever the scale and nature of your place of worship, we all face similar challenges and that there is a wealth of experience, expertise and (free!) resources to help you address them. Whether you represent a tiny rural church or a city-centre cathedral, take inspiration for the insights and inspiration at this event, and see how a realistic vision, a host of great stories, expert support and a determination for quality over quantity can deliver exciting and achievable solutions.
OPPORTUNITIES: who’s making things happen and how
Registration (tea/coffee available)
Official welcome by The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham.
Heritage, What Heritage?: Introduction & setting the scene, presented by Jo Scott, heritage planning & interpretation consultant with the Inspired Futures project.
Inspired Futures – what is it? Presented by Ian Bapty and Peter Biggers, Inspired North East.
Inspired Futures church exemplar, presented by The Reverend Benjamin Carter of St Cuthbert’s Church and Old church in Haydon Bridge.
Inspired Futures church exemplar, presented by Keith Maddison, Church Warden at St Cuthbert’s Church, Elsdon.
Tea/Coffee & networking.
INSIGHTS: lessons learnt from Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure project
Open Treasure - what were we trying to achieve?: Presented by Marie-Therese Mayne, Open Treasure Exhibition Officer, Durham Cathedral.
Exploring Open Treasure – opportunities and challenges: an opportunity to visit different parts of the Cathedral and Open Treasure in groups with members of the Cathedral team, including The Community Gallery, LEGO Cathedral, The Monks’ Dormitory and The Great Kitchen.
Insights & Inspiration: an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with others over lunch.
Lunch, networking opportunities and Heritage Lottery Fund one-to-one surgery sessions. Please email if you would like to book a surgery session with HLF.  Open Treasure viewing opportunity for those who can’t visit later.
INSPIRATION: what can we do and who will help us?
Keynote Speaker Loyd Grossman CBE FSA. Loyd is associated with numerous organisations linked to his interests in history, the arts and heritage.
Q&A session with Loyd Grossman, chaired by The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham. 
Taking inspiration from others – community heritage projects supported by HLF: Christopher Harland, Heritage Lottery Fund.
Quick wins: ideas for your place of worship inspired by the Open Treasure experience by Charlotte Rowbotham, Head of Education at Durham Cathedral, followed by a Treasure Boxes activity  
Opportunities, Insights, Inspiration: a summary and review of the day by Ian Bapty, Peter Biggers, Nicola Bell and Jo Scott
Tea/Coffee.  Open Treasure will be available to everyone until closure at 5.00pm

Delegates are warmly invited to attend Evensong which takes place at 5.15pm and will be sung by Durham Cathedral Choir.  Music includes Thomas Tallis' Magnificat and Nunc dimittis octavi toni and Richard Lloyd's The Windows.  All are welcome. 

Places for the conference can be booked in person from the Visitor Desk at the West End of the Cathedral or by telephone 0191 3387179 or online at