2022 EASA/National Churches Trust UK Architecture Awards

The 2022 EASA/National Churches Trust UK Architecture Awards for repair and conservation work and for new buildings, re-orderings and extensions are now open. 

The King of Prussia Gold Medal

For innovative, high quality church conservation or repair work. The architects responsible for the winning project will receive the prestigious King of Prussia Gold Medal. The winning church or chapel receives a £500 prize.

The Presidents’ Award

The Presidents' Award celebrates the best new church building, including re-ordering, extensions or alterations to existing church buildings. The award is given to the designer and the unique Chalice and Paten are loaned to the winning church. The church or chapel also receives a £500 prize.

Young Church Architect of Surveyor of the Year

Available to an architect or surveyor responsible for a scheme for either the King of Prussia Gold Medal or the Presidents' Award. Make your nomination at the same time and on the form for either of these awards. The winner receives a specially commissioned stained glass roundel, and a cash prize.

The closing date for nominations is 24 June 2022 and the awards are open to work in any part of the UK.  Projects can be nominated online and this year a new digital awards platform is being used. The awards now form part of a new  National Church Awards which will also recognise church volunteers and maintenance projects.

Winners will be announced at the EASA AGM in October 2022 and will also take part in the new National Church Awards event which will take place at the Mercers Livery Company in October.



The EASA AGM will be held in London on Thursday, 20 October.

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Wales: Faith in the Future FREE seminars 2022
Tuesday 8 March 1.30pm – 3.30pm: : innovative ways to raise funds and income
Tuesday 29 March 2022 1.30pm – 4pm: rising to the climate change challenge
Heritage Alliance: Heritage Day 2022, 9 and 10 March - Booking Now Open!
The Heritage Alliance’s annual conference, Heritage Day 2022, will take place over 9 and 10 March as a hybrid event, combining accessible virtual sessions on Wednesday morning followed by an in-person event on Thursday afternoon. The event will feature Heritage Minister, Nigel Huddleston MP and Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Simon Thurley FSA and will conclude with an in-person networking afternoon reception at the historic Christ Church Spitalfields in London.
ICON: Stone & Wall Paintings Group: Conservation of the magnificent interiors at St Mary’s, Lydiard Tregoze, 7 April 2022.
To be held at Lydiard House Conference Centre, Lydiard Park, Swindon SN5 3PA
The project aims included conserving the buildings extensive & nationally significant medieval wall paintings, 17th Century monuments, ancient carved woodwork and star-spangled ceiling. The grant enabled the church to carry out the conservation work, environmental improvements and access improvements to St Mary’s Church - https://www.stmaryslydiardtregoze.org.uk/heritage/
as well as the delivery of a specialist training programme & associated learning, volunteering and community engagement activities. This included hands on conservation workshops and skills training.  https://www.icon.org.uk/events/stone-wall-paintings-group-conservation-st-marys-lydiard-tregoze.htmlcant programme of works at the Church which have been supported by the National Lottery
Caring for God's Acre: Beautiful Burial Ground Conference, in Sheffield, Tuesday 15 March 2022
An inspiring day discovering how to transform burial grounds into havens for people, wildlife and heritage. Limited places, £15 to include lunch and refreshments.
Growing the Rural Church, Diocese of Exeter and the Plunkett Foundation: Setting up a community business in your church, online, 23 March 2022
Growing the Rural Church, Diocese of Exeter and the Plunkett Foundation have come together to  deliver a webinar on setting up community businesses in places of worship. The webinar is aimed at places of worship and communities within Devon and they it will inspire more groups to explore locating in active places of worship, and give them to access to funding from Allchurches Trust to enable them to progress their projects.
National Lottery: Open Week, Nationwide, 19 - 27 March 2022
The National Lottery is calling for organisations that they support to register their interest in participating in National Lottery Open Week from Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 March 2022During this week, National Lottery players are invited to visit heritage sites and use their lottery tickets to access a special offer registered by organisations and advertised through the National Lottery listings page. Last year’s Open Week attracted almost 25,000 national lottery players to 650 sites across the UK. https://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/national-lottery-open-week
Cambridge Historic Churches Trust: Annual Conference, ‘Radiancy Divine – Light and Heat in Church’, Saturday, 2 April 2022,
The programme should be not only of general and antiquarian interest but include information helpful to churchwardens and others with practical responsibility for churches. More information and booking here:
Getting Ready for the Great Big Green Week, Online, 21 April 2022
The Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from the 24 September - 2 October 2022, which falls during the Church's Season of Creation, giving Christian groups the perfect opportunity to join in.
This event being held on Zoom on 21 April shows how your church and congregation can take part.
Chapels Society: Communities of Dissent 1850-1914: a conference in association with Harris Manchester College, Oxford, Saturday 30 April 2022
Between 1850 and 1914 Nonconformity reached a peak of presence and status in communities throughout England and Wales. The main part of the Conference will look at recent research recording this period of chapel and churches life. The final session of the conference will explore how best, in the twenty-first century, the legacy of chapel culture can be saved, recorded and made known. https://www.chapelssociety.org.uk/events/communities-of-dissent-1850-1914/

Virtual events calendar
The National Churches Trust are listing events on their website, so that you can support some of the lectures, talks, plays and concerts that are taking place in the UK's church buildings as well as attending conferences and training sessions. https://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/events


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