Have your say event - St Alfege Church - Heart of Greenwich, Place and People
Published on Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:28
A big thank you to all those who took part in our Have your say consultation event on 12 February which will help shape our activity plan. We had a great turnout with over 128 local residents and visitors, both adults and children, who gave us lots of useful feedback and ideas. They took part in activities to explore which are the favourite stories about our history and how people would like to find out more about our heritage and place at the Heart of Greenwich. The Place and People photographic exhibition was enjoyed by all and many had their own photo taken in the church. 75 people explored the crypt, a hidden space which is currently rarely open to visitors.
Gill Moody, Chair of the Heart of Greenwich project board said: "It was great to meet so many local people and visitors who really want to know more about the history of St Alfege Church and to find out what is important to them and how they would like the heritage explained in the future. "
St Alfege Church has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop our Heart of Greenwich, Place and People project which aims to open up the church's hidden spaces and rich heritage for everyone. Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding has been awarded to help St Alfege Church progress our plans to enable us to apply for a full grant at a later date and the activity plan is a key part of this.
Over the past three weeks, volunteers from the church have also been out in Greenwich town centre to collect people's views on this exciting project and nearly 200 people have completed our survey.
Rich Heritage of St Alfege Church Explored in University Research
Published on Thursday, 12 January 2017 17:12
Rich heritage of St Alfege Church explored in university research
The role of St Alfege Church at the centre of the community is the theme of a research project being carried out at the University of Greenwich.
Alison Fisher, a Greenwich resident and also a postgraduate student at the university, has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship, which will enable her to look into the church's rich history and its place in the country's local and national heritage.
A Grade 1 listed building, St Alfege Church is a key part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It was the first church built under the Fifty New Churches Act of 1711, and the first complete church project undertaken by Nicholas Hawksmoor, one of England's most original and significant architects.
Alison, a qualified architect, says she is delighted to be able to pursue her passion for history while based within the university's award-winning Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities. "I welcome this fantastic opportunity to explore how these buildings and monuments reflect the history of our community and relate to the wider national context," she says.
"The position of St Alfege Church within the social framework of this area is central to understanding the development of Greenwich, and I'm keen to delve into its complex history. The physical memorials and surviving church records will enable me to examine the church's rich and varied role at key moments over two and half centuries."
Alison's research also ties in with the St Alfege Church project, called Heart of Greenwich, Place and People, which has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to open up the church's 'hidden spaces' and rich heritage for everyone. Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding has been awarded to help St Alfege Church progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
The Rev Chris Moody, Vicar of St Alfege, adds: "Our church holds the history of Greenwich and its community. We are delighted that Alison is developing this fascinating line of research, which will uncover much about its history.
"As an architect and local resident, Alison is uniquely qualified, and we are tremendously grateful to the University of Greenwich for awarding her the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. We would also be interested to hear from anyone with family links to the church, and have set up a book to note these in our vestibule."
Working within the university's Department of History, Politics & Social Sciences, Alison will explore the relationship between the church and community, and analyse how they interacted over the years. She will investigate three key points in its history: the creation of the church by Nicholas Hawksmoor in the early 1700s; the development of an 'overflow' church, St Mary's, in 1825; and the restoration of St Alfege by Sir Albert Richardson, following extensive damage during the Second World War.
As well as looking at the whole church building, Alison will refer to individual gravestones, burial vaults, church archives and the public burial ground in order to build an in-depth insight into the communities that operated the church at these three key moments in time.
In this way the project will shine new light on the rich heritage and hidden spaces of this church, which is central to the town of Greenwich.
For more on St Alfege: http://www.st-alfege.org/
For more on studying with the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach
Thanks to National Lottery players, development funding has been awarded to help St Alfege Church progress plans to apply for a full grant at a later date. The Heart of Greenwich, Place and People project focuses on the architectural importance of the building and aims to improve access to, and facilities in, the church. It will also explore and reveal the stories of many famous people associated with the church such as Henry VIII, Thomas Tallis and General James Wolfe, as well as many less well-known figures.
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