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Conference. The Chapel Society in association with Harris Manchester College, Oxford. ” Communities of Dissent, 1850-1914.

October 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Between 1850 and 1914 Nonconformity reached a peak of presence and  status in communities throughout England and Wales. It influenced the public and private lives of people and places. It was a major source of  identity, activity and organisation, from the spiritual, social, educational and political to the cultural and sporting. The conference will present examples of recent research in the context of debates on the significance of chapels and chapel life during this Victorian and Edwardian heyday. The surviving buildings, material culture, written records and personal memories of communities of dissent offer powerful but threatened testimony to the historical importance of ‘chapel’.

Over the period 2017 to 2020 a group of researchers from the Family and Community History Research Society (FACHRS), in association with the Chapels Society, and under the leadership of Kate Tiller, ran a project to investigate experiences of chapel culture for their local areas of England and Wales. The conference will draw on some of these studies and on recent doctoral work at Kellogg College, Oxford. The material will be gathered into a themed issue of the Journal of the Chapels Society to be published in 2022.

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.

Conference fee will be £50 for members of the Chapels Society and £65 for non-members to include lunch and all refreshments. Attendees will be able to pre-order the Conference issue of the Journal of the Chapels Society at a special price.

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October 30
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


The Chapel Society
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Harris Manchester College, Oxford
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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