Centre for Parish Church Studies – Programme of talks and short courses


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Do you know your Naves from your Chancels? Towers from your Belfries? Become a Norwich ‘Church Detective’ with CPCS.

The Centre for Parish Church Studies (CPCS), working with Norwich Historic Churches Trust, has just released a
fantastic new programme of talks, short courses and coach trips for 2020. Learners will have the opportunity to explore the history, art and architecture of church buildings from Norfolk and beyond, from the medieval period to the present day.

Starting soon is ‘Be a Church Detective – Level 1’ (Tuesdays, 4th February – 3rd March 10am-12pm).
This short five-session course will give learners the basics to understand churches of all ages – medieval and later..
The course will cover plans, architecture, social history, fixtures and furniture, and also look at how changing ideas have altered the buildings, including a trip to one of the Norwich city churches, where learners can try out your new-found skills

Other highlights of the programme include:

 The Beauty of Holiness by Dr Mary Fewster – Day School on 22 February, exploring
religious objects of precious metal, their makers and their significance in churches
and worship.

 Coach tours of historic churches in Essex and Cambridgeshire

 *New* Short Course – An Introduction to Norwich Churches, starting on 12 May

Dr Nicholas Groves, course tutor, said:

“Norwich is a city full of historic churches and they form a huge part of its historic character.
Churches have historically been at the centre of communities and they have so much to
teach us about the past. We’re delighted to be able to offer the chance to learn about them
in this wonderful setting. Whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast, there is plenty in this
programme for everyone”.

The programme can be downloaded by clicking the link here and tickets purchased online
from our website or download the flyer for this series here

Prices start at £32 for day schools and £75 for short courses and take place at St Martin at
Palace Church, St Martin at Palace Plain, Norwich.

For more information, contact info@norwich-churches.org or call 01603 611530