CFCE Cathedral Inventories Conference 2018
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Supporting over 16,000 cathedral and church buildings of The Church of England

CFCE Cathedral Inventories Conference 2018

Friday 22 June 2018, 10:30am – 4:30pm (St Paul’s Cathedral)


Our cathedrals are treasure troves of often irreplaceable religious and culturally significant objects. The proper care of these items must be based upon adequate understanding. For objects this begins with compiling and maintaining the inventory as required by the Care of Cathedral Measure 2011. In a landscape of competing priorities and limited resources, the value of these objects and the statutory requirement of the Measure justifies the inventory as a priority task. Compiling the inventory can also bring further benefits including additional funding streams and engagement opportunities.

This one-day conference will help cathedrals with the compilation and management of their inventories. Participants will learn more about:

  • Why inventories are important, how they can help a cathedral prioritise resources, identify tools for engagement, clarify ownership responsibilities and liabilities
  • The processes of compiling and maintaining an inventory - where to start, what to include, when to stop, different ways of recording and storing information
  • Assessing significance to determine what items an inventory should (and could) include
  • Proposed changes to the Rules, Directions, and new guidance as CFCE reviews the processes for compiling and maintaining the Cathedral Inventory.
  • The day will involve presentations, case studies from cathedrals, and round table discussions, to enable participants to network, and feed into CFCE’s review. A full programme will be available shortly.

Who should attend?

The conference is for all those involved in compiling and maintaining a cathedral inventory, including Chapter, cathedral staff, architects, archaeologists, FAC members.

The conference was kindly sponsored by York Minster.

A copy of the conference programme can be found here

Copies of the presentations from the day are also avaialbe below.

The Cathedral Inventories Working Group

An update on the Cathedral Inventories Working Group & its work relating to the Rules, Directions and guidance on inventories

Janet Berry, Head of Conservation, Cathedral & Church Buildings Division, Archbishops’ Council

[still to come] Surviving the inventory

An introduction to inventories and top tips to survive them

Vicky Harrison, Assistant Director of Collections & Learning, York Minster

Assessing significance

Assessing what should be on the inventory, and Outstanding items

Jonathan Deeming, Surveyor to the Fabric, Canterbury Cathedral

Inventories in practice: Norwich Cathedral

Reflections on inventory processes and practices at Norwich Cathedral

Gudrun Warren, Librarian & Curator, Norwich Cathedral

Planning an inventory

Advice on planning a new inventory or revitalising an old inventory including choosing items, selecting a cataloguing system, what to include in a catalogue entry, terminologies, and creating a user manual

Dr Sarah Turner, Collections Manager & Sophie Kelly, Collections Intern, Canterbury Cathedral

Inventories in practice: Leicester Cathedral

The trials and tribulations of inventory work at Leicester Cathedral

Harry Russell, Project Officer, Leicester Cathedral

[still to come] Small group workshop: complex questions


[still to come] Maintaining momentum and reporting on progress

How to maintain the momentum on inventory work, and approaches to marking, labelling and photography. Reporting protocols for cathedral inventories.

Simon Carter, Head of Collections, St Paul’s Cathedral & Janet Berry, Head of Conservation, Cathedral & Church Buildings Division, Archbishops’ Council