How to read a Quaker meeting house

Wednesday 17th November 2021

Christopher Skidmore

Exterior view of a Quaker meeting house

Most churches and chapels have obvious architectural reference points - pulpit, sanctuary, table, pews - but Quaker meeting houses seem to be defined by an absence of such things. The talk described what to look for in a Quaker meeting house and discussed what that might tell us about Quaker worship and the age and history of the building.

Chris Skidmore is a Quaker and retired academic whose interests lie in denominational and architectural history. He has been for the last 13 years the Hon. Editor of The Chapels Society. His book - Quakers and their Meeting Houses - is published by Historic England.


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