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Unlocking the Church: The Lost Secrets of Victorian Sacred Space

William Whyte Interviewed by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

6:00pm

1 hour

Oxford Martin School: Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

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Social and architectural historian Professor William Whyte explains the revolution in thought and architecture that led to an explosion in the building of Victorian churches and whose legacy still stands round every street corner today.

Whyte says that wherever you are in the English-speaking world there will be a Victorian-built or remodelled church close by. These buildings were the result of ideas about architecture and spirituality held by the likes of John Henry Newman, Henry Wilberforce and Augustus Pugin. Churches were no longer to be mere places of worship, they had to be capable of conveying theological ideas and shaping people’s emotions. Whyte also offers thoughts on how to preserve this Victorian legacy.

Whyte is professor of social and architectural history at the University of Oxford. His book, Redbrick: a social and architectural history of Britain’s civic universities, was shortlisted for the Longman-History Today prize and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

Here he talks to Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the world’s leading historians of the Church and author of the award-winning A History of Christianity and presenter of its associated six-part BBC series.

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