Big Update Talks
To find talks given to member-only meetings, including the quarterly Monthly Briefings, go to the Members’ area of this website.
The Big Update 2023
The 2023 Big Update was held as in-person event at St John’s, Waterloo.
Programme (on the day, the two final speakers were reversed, so that the final speaker was Dr Louise Hampson). Here are the attendees (password protected) as at close of play 13 June. During the day, Lizzie Glithero-West, CEO of our parent organisation The Heritage Alliance, tweeted her thoughts, and these are rolled up at https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1668913010906222593.html
The Big Update 2022
The 2022 Big Update was held as in-person event at St Peter’s church, Vauxhall, London.
Presentations: 1 A political context setting Lizzie Glithero-West 2 ‘Gettin digi with it': our social media story FOFC 3 Future for the UK’s church buildings: Findings so far NCT 4 Challenges and opportunities faced by Baptist Churches 5 Pilot exploring sustainability 6 National ecumenical resource 7 Your Big Update 8 CCT digital 9 Building volunteers
Videos: 1 St Mary’s Catholic Church Great Yarmouth 2 Bradford Cathedral English Tourism Week 2021 3 Derby Cathedral Volunteers 4 Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Sheffield 5 Tirley, Gloucestershire: living with flooding
The Big Update 2021 by Zoom
The 2020 Big Update was moved from October 2020 to March 2021, so became the 2021 Big Update. It was held by Zoom.
Welcome from Carol Dinenage, Minister of State at DCMS (given by pre-recorded video; transcript)
Government thinking – opportunities (powerpoint presentation)
Cumbria Churches Trust training videos (the trailer for traditional building construction was shown)
BBC report on impact of pandemic (link to BBC website; 4 minutes)
How to move a 100-year old church (link to Youtube; 4 minutes)
The Zoom chat room is available on request to those who participated in the day
The Big Update 2019
Lucy More The Taylor Review Pilot
Trevor Cooper Problems and Possibilities for the rural isolated church
Harriet Carty Beautiful Burial Ground Big Update 2019
Wendy Coombey Virtuous Circles and Mission and Mortar BIG Update 2019
The Big Update 2018
The keynote address by Matthew Saunders will be published separately. We hope that the talk on Methodist buildings strategy will be posted here in future.
Andrew More Heating old churches
Ian Bapty and Peter Biggers Inspired futures
Christopher O’Mahony Ring out the old (bell-ringing)
James Halsall Taylor pilot in suffolk
Dee Dyas and Louise Hampson Pilgrimage and cathedrals
Ruth Knight Making churches more environmentally friendly
The Big Update 2017
4 ‘Moving mountains’ (Graham Fender-Allison) to follow. Graham’s talk included a demonstration of the 360-degree online images of churches which have been sponsored by the Church of Scotland, available here.
The Big Update 30 November 2016
EDP Community Lead Design – edp-approaches-to-supporting-community-led-design-in-historic-places-of-worship
Mobile generation – give-and-receive-with-the-mobile-generation-neil-Rathbone
The Big Update 3 December 2014
The Big Update 11 Sep 2013
The Big Update 12 Sep 2012
Is there an app for that? – new technology in church interpretation and mission This talk included interactive visuals presented by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Univerity of York. For more information, visit their website, especially under ‘Partnerships’
Rediscovering histories: Muslim Heritage in Britain. This talk was by Mobeen Butt of Islam in British Stone.