Contested heritage and the Church of England

On 21 January, we posted a guest post by Trevor Cooper Contested heritage – A review of the Church of England guidance which summarised the current position in the Church of England on memorials related to slavery, and its  May 2021 guidance Contested Heritage“. In his post, Trevor compared this to the secular position, and discusses a number of aspects that might usefully be subject to further development.

The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England is currently seeking expressions of interest from “people with the time and skills” to serve on the Church Buildings Council or one of its voluntary expert committees. The CBC has also announced that it is establishing a new Contested Heritage Committee, which “will focus on the Church’s priority of racial justice as it is manifested in the material culture in our churches and cathedrals”. Relevant sections from the announcement are reproduced below. Continue reading