PG Diploma in Parish Church Studies: History, Heritage and Fabric

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For any of you who are currently looking after or are interested in parish churches, but want to take it that one step further, you may be pleased to hear that the Postgraduate Diploma in Parish Church Studies: History, Heritage and Fabric is running again starting this September.

It is housed in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, part of the University of York. But you can do it from anywhere as the course is a part-time, two-year programme run entirely online via a virtual learning environment. 

The only course of this type in the UK, the diploma enables those wishing to gain detailed and practical knowledge of the history, use, care and conservation of parish churches and enhance their understanding of local sites of importance in order to develop new areas of expertise or is even useful for those involved in the design and implementation of conservation techniques. It is equally valuable for lay staff, volunteers and those simply with a general interest in the parish landscape.

The programme starts in late September, concurrent with each new academic year – places are limited to ensure a constructive atmosphere for discussions.

Topics will include sources for historical research, art, architecture, changing patterns of worship, the relationship between church and community, churchyard management, conservation and changing use of church buildings.  So although the course deals mainly with the established church in England, there will be plenty of interest for other denominations. 

And if you do want to find out more about the content then there is an open invitation to direct any queries to the Programme Leader, Dr Emma Wells.

This Diploma is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation for Continuing Professional Development purposes.