Online Talks: Scotland's Churches (Block Booking)

Scotland’s Churches: Block Booking

Online Talks

26/09/2023 - 26/09/2023
Introductory, General Interest

£25 Member

£30 Non Member

Bookings close 26 September, 11.30am

Event details

Up to 400 Scottish churches are expected to close by 2025. As ecclesiastical buildings, even unlisted old church buildings are protected from various harms. But with churches flooding onto the open market, we’re concerned many of these historic buildings will fall through the cracks.

Join us for a series of five online talks investigating the ongoing issue of church closures in Scotland, and how these buildings and communities can be helped. 

How does block booking work?

You can book all five talks as a block at a discounted rate of £30 (£25 for SPAB Members). Use the 'Book Now' button above.

Alternatively, you can book individual talks at £7 each (£6 for SPAB Members) using the links below.

All talks will also be recorded and shared with you to watch ‘on demand’ until 31 October.

Individual talks

Scotland's Churches: History of Closure

Why are churches facing such upheaval now? Simon Green of Historic Environment Scotland gives an overview of the history of the Presbyterian Church in Scotland and its buildings to shed light on current events.

Tuesday 29 August, 12-1.30pm 

Scotland's Churches: Vision for the Future

What does the church see as the future for its remaining buildings? Jamie McNamara at the Church of Scotland will present its aims and future thinking.

Friday 8 September, 12-1.30pm

Scotland's Churches: Rescuing the Unloved

Can communities save their church? Find out how Historic Churches Scotland is working with communities to secure their churches’ future through conservation and creative regeneration.

Tuesday, 12 September, 12-1.30pm

Scotland's Churches: Recording of Objects

What happens to the objects inside a sold-off church? Everything from hymn books to organs needs to be described and noted. Dr DJ Johnson-Smith of Scotland’s Churches Trust will explain how.

Tuesday 19 September, 12-1.30pm

Scotland's Churches: Community Ownership and Funding

Could you rescue your local church? Sarah Pearce of Heritage Trust Network will offer advice on how to take on your local church, and vital things to consider before taking the plunge.

Tuesday 26 September, 12-1.30pm

Scotland's Churches: Case Study Site Visit

Join us in Edinburgh for an in-person visit to explore the theme of church closure. Time and location TBC. Tickets will be sold separately and do not form part of the online talk block booking.

Tuesday 3 October, details TBC

IT requirements

You will need laptop, phone or device with internet connection. You will not be visible on screen and you can ask questions via the webinar's Q&A function.  


Anything we can do to make these talks more accessible for you? Please email

About SPAB Scotland

Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.

Booking Terms & Conditions

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