Religious Buildings of World Faiths

In the 20th century, England’s landscape of faith buildings became rich and diverse. Faiths arriving and developing outside the established Christian church form an important and expanding part of our society. Places of worship, whether adapted or purpose-built, tell much about the development and histories of these groups in England.

Increasing our knowledge and understanding of world faith buildings is an important area of Historic England’s work. Various sub-projects focussing on different faiths are helping Historic England to develop its expertise and protect buildings appropriately. There are five strands to this research:

• A national survey of mosques in Britain led to a major publication on the architectural and social history of the British mosque, by Shahed Saleem.

• A project scoping Buddhist buildings in England, carried out by the University of Leeds, highlights the heritage of 190 Buddhist buildings and studies a range of them in depth. Read about the project on the Building Buddhism blog and download the project report from the Historic England website.

• A survey of Hindu, Jain, Ba'hai and Zoroastrian buildings of England is complete. See the blog on researching Hindu religious buildings and download the report from the Historic England Research Reports Database.

• Historic England has supervised a PhD based at the University of Leicester by Clare Canning on Sikh architecture in England. You can access the completed PhD thesis online.

• Together with the Society of Antiquaries, we co-organised and sponsored a conference about ‘the Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings in the 20th Century' held at Burlington House, London 2018.

Project Details

Location: United Kingdom, Northern Europe, Europe Organiser(s): Historic England Project partner(s): Society of Antiquaries; University of Bath; University of Leicester; University of Leeds Funder(s): Historic England Funding received: Undisclosed Commencement Date: 02/2014 Project Status: Completed
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