The Diocese of Lund and its parishes take joint responsibility for 520 churches, the greatest number of church buildings and ecclesiastical cultural heritage in all of the Swedish dioceses. It is a challenge to manage and find use for many of these churches. We have therefore, in collaboration with partners including Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) in England, initiated a project for the purpose of developing methods for extended use and sustainable management of churches.
The conference Preserve, Use and Develop - International conference on Ecclesiastical Heritage and its Future Challenges discusses these issues and the results of the project together with colleagues from parishes, other Swedish dioceses as well as regional, national and international organizations.
During the conference, which includes presentations of a number of case studies from Sweden and other countries, our new method for developing use of ecclesiastical cultural heritage is launched. Speeches are given by among others Peter Aiers, Chief Executive CCT, Revd Canon Dr Stephen Evans, Church of England and Professor Luc Noppen, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
A conference dinner and opening of an innovative art experience will take place in Odarslöv Church, recently a closed and decaying church in the countryside, today newly renovated and situated next to the development site for The European Spallation Source (ESS), one of the world’s largest science and technology infrastructure projects. The church in Odarslöv was up until recently in the periphery and will instead be situated in the centre of urban exploitation. The conference will discuss if this might be one of many possible future scenarios for some of our historic churches.
Conference partners include Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), Future for Religious Heritage (FRH) and International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The conference is a part of the European Commission programme for the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
The historic city of Lund is conveniently located close to Copenhagen and Kastrup international airport.