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Historic Churches Support Officer

4 months, 1 week ago

Thanks to a partnership with Historic England, Keri Dearmer has joined the Diocese of Southwark as Historic Churches Support Officer to offer help and support to parishes in caring for their historic church buildings. Keri’s role is to assist congregations in understanding, managing, maintaining and making the best use of their buildings. The primary focus of her role is to reduce the number of churches in the Diocese on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register and to prevent others from becoming ‘at risk’.

Keri’s background is in architectural history and building conservation. Prior to joining the Diocese she was a heritage consultant and thus knows about the churches and secular planning systems. She has been involved with projects with the Churches Conservation Trust; carried out building recordings with the Oxfordshire Buildings Record and has some stonemasonry experience.  She is a London Committee member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and helps to organise events and practical repair sessions.

Keri joined the Diocese in June 2017 and is part of the Pastoral Department, working alongside the Diocesan Advisory Committee.  The Revd Canon Stephen Roberts, Deputy Diocesan Secretary says, ‘We are delighted that Keri has joined the Pastoral Team, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of historical buildings and I am sure she will be a great help to those charged with caring for our historic churches.  We are grateful to Historic England for enabling us to make this post possible.’

Keri says, ‘I am excited by my new role and look forward to getting to know the people and buildings of Southwark Diocese as we seek to preserve our historic buildings for future generations’.