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Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 September 2016 (Leicester)

The 2016 annual DAC conference was held in the Diocese of Leicester over three days in September, on the theme of 'enabling the wider use of church buildings'.

The first day included a coach tour to Sutton Cheney and Desford, to hear about Festival Churches, the visitor experience and engaging with communities in reordering projects. The second day saw the AGM and time for discussion and workshops, followed by a walking tour after lunch, which took in St Mary de Castro and St Nicholas. Presentations at the churches covered partnership working, Conservation Management Plans and using churches to engage in interfaith and multicultural communities. That evening, Leicester Cathedral hosted delegates for a choral Evensong, followed by drinks reception, with the delegates then enjoying the conference dinner in the Grand Hall at St Martins House. The conference proceedings concluded with an informative tour of the working areas and museum at Taylor's bell foundry on Thursday.

The conference booklet can be downloaded: here.

Some of the presentations from the conference can be downloaded below:

Reorientation: conservation and community (Nigel Walter)

ChurchCare grants (Janet Berry and Joseph Friedrich)

Responding to multicultural and interfaith contexts and some illustrative Leicester churches (Gill Elliott)