Modern churches should be better worshipped, say campaigners

1 coventry cathedral interior, west midlands, uk   diliff

Stereotyped views of good religious architecture ‘put more recent heritage at risk’

Britain risks losing “a whole chapter” of its religious-architecture heritage if attitudes to 20th-century church buildings do not change rapidly, a campaign group has warned.

Twentieth Century Society director Catherine Croft said communities found it hard enough to raise funds to restore and maintain traditional churches, and “even more challenging” to do so for modern structures.

She said consultation casework on proposals for 20th-century churches was taking up an “increasingly large part” of the charity’s resources – whether they are applications for complete demolition or for the reordering of fittings, or the provision of disabled access, toilets and kitchens.

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