Listed Buildings Advisory Committee
Under Standing Order 332, the Listed Buildings
Advisory Committee (LBAC) is to be appointed by the Methodist
Council to provide expert knowledge of historic church
In particular the members of the
LBAC are to have, between them, knowledge of
the history, development and use of Methodist chapels, of Methodist
liturgy and worship, or archaeology, of the history and the
development of architecture and the visual arts, and the experience
of the care of historic buildings and their contents.
The role of the LBAC, under Standing Order 982, is to provide
advice to the Methodist Property Office on all
applications for listed building works. The LBAC is also expected
to provide general advice to the Methodist Property Office and its
officers on policy matters regarding listed buildings and buildings
in conservation areas.
The Methodist Property Office processes approximately 250 projects
for works to listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas
each year. Many of these projects are for relatively minor works,
such as the removal of a pew or the refitting of a kitchen. The
LBAC cannot therefore comment on every project without
substantially slowing down the Methodist Property Office's
processing system. A policy framework has developed which allows
the responsibility for providing much advice to be delegated to the
The LBAC meets four times a year. At each meeting a list of all
new applications or initial contacts is reported, together with
details of all major cases. There is also a report on the advice
that has been given since the previous LBAC. The LBAC also reviews
the comments received from English Heritage/Cadw, Local Authorities
and National Amenity Societies on submitted projects.
||Conservation Architect in private
practice. Appointed architect to the Churches Conservation Trust.
Main Committee member and Trustee of the Society for the Protection
of Ancient Buildings. Journalist in the architectural press on a
commissioned basis covering a variety of subjects.
||Historian of religion, culture and
society in 18th century Britain. Current research interests include
the relationship between the arts and the evangelical revival.
Co-ordinator of the Methodist Studies Unit, Oxford Brookes
University, and also convener of the Methodist Heritage Forum.
||Town Planner and Conservation
Consultant, former Assistant City Planning Officer in York with
special responsibilities for conservation. Author of a book in 1964
which introduced the concept of Conservation Areas, and which was
subsequently embodied into national legislation. Co-author of legal
textbook on 'Listed Buildings - Law and Practice'. Advisor to many
conservation related organisations, including the R.C. Diocese of
Middlesbrough on its Historic Churches Committee.
||Conservation accredited Structural
Engineer in private practice, formerly Chief Engineer of the
Conservation Engineering branch, English Heritage. Author of
numerous articles and papers on structural engineering matters in
relation to conservation.
||Trained as an archaeologist and
historian. Worked as a fieldworker on the Accelerated Resurvey of
Listed Buildings. Since 1988 has been an Inspector of Historic
Buildings with English Heritage, with a specific interest in the
thematic evaluation of specific building types. Numerous
publications including 'Diversity and Vitality - the Methodist and
Non-conformist Chapels of Cornwall'.
||Archaeologist and landscape
historian, currently Environmental Planning Manager for Cumbria
County Council but formerly in private practice. Fellow of the
Society of Antiquaries and Member of the Institute of Field
Archaeologists. Author of The Historical Archaeology of Britain
Revd Anthony Parkinson
||Acting Chair. Methodist minister in
Swansea. Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Formerly on the
staff of the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales
(1970-95); author of articles on various aspects of historic
architecture in Wales, including a chapter on chapel architecture
in Methodism in Wales (2003).
||Conservation architect with wide
experience of restoring and adapting historic secular and
ecclesiastical buildings. Surveyor to the Diocese of Manchester
since 1990 and member of Chester and Manchester Diocesan Advisory
||Art Historian, Lecturer and
Group-Subject Convenor at Keele University, where he also runs the
MA course in Architectural History. Publications include 'The
Nonconformist Traditions: Chapels, Change and Continuity' and
'Rolling in the Aisles: Nonconformist Perspectives on the
Gothic.' Chairman of the English Heritage Places of Worship
||Designer/Artist and Glass
Conservator, working in the Keith Barley studio. Tutor to The
Princes Foundation and a member of the Competitions and Awards
Committee of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of
Glass. Many personal commissions throughout the country, mainly in
cathedrals and parish churches.
Revd Steve Wild
||Chair of the Cornwall Methodist
District. Latterly Connexional Director of Evangelism based at
Cliff College and previously Superintendent Minister of the St Ives
and Hayle Circuit. He has been responsible for four listed
buildings and also churches in conservation areas. He is a Director
of the Methodist Recorder; he also has considerable media
experience having been the main religious presenter on Westcountry
TV. He is passionate about mission and using buildings as a
resource for outreach.
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