Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Future bleak for Welsh chapels, says academic

“Whether undergoing demolition, their pews, pulpits and doors sold as architectural salvage, or conversion to a house or even nightclub or bar, such transformations say much about our secular and material age and the people and society we have become. We are left with chapel buildings that stand as metaphors or symbols of the changes that Wales has undergone, ” said Roy Davies, associate lecturer at the Open University.


Dr Paul Chambers, Lecturer in Sociology Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of Glamorgan said, "The problem with many mainstream chapels is that they are reluctant to let go some of the cultural baggage that accrued in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries and which marks them out as terminally unfashionable in contemporary Wales."

Wales Online

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