Perspectives on Architecture: The Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church, Youth Perception


September 24 2013 • 6.00pm
to 7.00pm
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The Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church is a striking building located on the edge of inner-city Belfast and considered by many to be a city landmark. It was built by a local Merchant, James Carlisle, in memory of his only son and once housed the largest Methodist congregations in Belfast. As a consequence of a declining congregation and its location at a major interface area, the church has lain empty since its closure in 1982 and since then, has suffered from extensive physical degradation. 

Funded by the RIBA, and inspired by the work of the Belfast Building Preservation Trust, this presentation provides an account of the Churches historical, cultural and architectural significance, documenting its subsequent demise. The presentation showcases drawings of the building from a youth perspective.   Local young people from the Belfast Royal Academy reflected on the buildings history and developed interesting and creative ideas for its future redevelopment.

Dr Karen McPhillips (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Lecturer at the School of the Built Environment based at the University of Ulster. Her primary research interests include the areas of architecture and cultural identity with a particular focus on religion. She is specifically interested in exploring the influence of architectural space and environment on identity and behaviour, and is intrigued how heritage and conservation can play a role in forming identity, especially in tensioned societies such as Northern Ireland.  


Free event.
Either turn up on the night or email Hayley Russell (details below) to reserve a place. 



Hayley Russell
020 7307 3678

Perspectives on Architecture series 





Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church. Photograph by Karen McPhillips