Conference and Book Launch: The Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings in the UK and The British Mosque (Shahed Saleem)

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The launch of Shahed Saleem‘s new book The British Mosque will take place on Monday 12th March, following a conference on “The Heritage of Minority Faith Buildings in the UK” organised by Historic England and the Society of Antiquaries.

When: Monday, 12th March 2018

Where: Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE

Shahed Saleem is a DS2.3 studio tutor and a practising architect, who researches and writes on architecture’s relationship with cultural identity, heritage and nationhood. He works regularly with Historic England and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Survey of London.

Historic England has been working with partners over recent years to develop and deepen an understanding of the landscape of faith buildings in 20th century England, including the long-standing traditions of Christianity and Judaism. This particular event will instead focus on those faith groups which arrived in the UK in the late 19th and 20th century, and have since made a significant contribution to the heritage of a modern and multicultural historic environment.

For the first time, the Society of Antiquaries of London and Historic England will bring together this new body of research on Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian places of worship with heritage practitioners, researchers and theorists. The aim is to provide a platform for a discussion on issues of heritage practice and heritage discourse in the field of multiculturalism, multiple identities and the historic environment. This will provide an opportunity for a long overdue debate on the significance and character of buildings whose quality and importance have not been fully recognised in heritage debates.

Featured image: The Shah Jehan mosque, Woking, designed and built in 1889. Listed Grade II*. © Historic England (taken from the ‘Places of Worship Listing Selection Guide’, 2017, p 29).


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