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Oxford Conted – Ninian Comper: Reimagining the Modern Gothic Church

2 March - 09:00 - 17:00


This day school brings together leading scholars to discuss the work of Ninian Comper, an influential architect and designer who reshaped ecclesiastical design for the twentieth century.

Hailed as the last great Gothic Revivalist, he was celebrated by taste-makers such as John Summerson and John Betjeman despite his rejection of International Modernism. He believed instead that churches should be timeless, welcoming every kind of created beauty.

A designer of textiles, stained glass and decorative schemes alongside architectural design, his liturgical reimaginings of existing buildings such as Wymondham Abbey and Pusey House completely transformed these churches into gilded visions of Pre-Reformation splendour. New buildings designed by Comper, including St Mary the Virgin, Wellingborough and St John’s Home, Cowley, reflect his own unique architectural and liturgical philosophies.

His church fittings and textiles, are still produced today and continue to shape the aesthetic form of both Anglican and Roman Catholic worship in Britain, appearing in national ceremonies such as Royal Weddings and Coronations.

Speakers will explore topics including his early work, his textiles, his patrons, his design philosophy and his legacy.

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 28 February 2024.


2 March
09:00 - 17:00
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Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
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Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JA United Kingdom
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