Monday, October 24, 2011

Project underway to preserve Scotland’s medieval churches

A project led by the University of St Andrews could help preserve historically valuable medieval churches in Scotland. The scheme aims to discover which churches in Scotland are survivors of the Reformation.

A pilot for the Corpus of Scottish Medieval Parish Churches project has already analysed 105 buildings in the dioceses of Dunkeld and Dunblane. But now a grant of £490,656 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will allow the architectural and documentary evidence for the 258 parishes in the dioceses of St Andrews and Brechin to be similarly logged.

This second phase is expected to take three years, starting in March 2012. The aim is to eventually create a website archive – freely accessible – of all buildings and sites, and their documentation, associated with mediaeval parish churches in Scotland.

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