John Vigar

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Anywhere
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Regular (more than one month's notice)
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Professional
Biography:

John has been a professional speaker for over 40 years. He lectured for the University of Kent from 1992 to 2010, teaching a variety of architectural and social history studies, and has worked on a sessional basis for many other academic institutions. He has been a regular tutor at Denman (the national college of the Women’s Institute near Oxford) for over 35 years. An enthusiastic and popular approach to his subject ensures that he has a large following of regular students.

In addition to his contracted lectures John is a popular speaker at meetings of many different groups including The Arts Society ( formerly NADFAS), the National Trust, and historical societies country-wide. His lecture tours to public Libraries and Colleges in Germany where he speaks on English literature and its links with topographical history are also well received.

John Vigar`s specialist subject is ecclesiology – the study of church architecture and associated topics. He has written extensively on the subject and regularly leads tours to churches across England, both as part of his own programme of activities, and for other organisations. John has written the guidebooks for several hundred churches and is the author of books on the historic churches of both Kent and Sussex. He has visited and recorded over 13,000 of the 16,000 Anglican churches in England and Wales.

After retiring from university lecturing John worked for 13 years in the south-east region of The Churches Conservation Trust and he is a Trustee of the oldest church conservation body, The Friends of Friendless Churches. John is also a member of the Advisory Council of The Norfolk Churches Trust and has previously served as Hon Sec of the Ledgerstone Survey of England and Wales and as Photographic Curator of The Kempe Society.

He runs the www.kentchurches.info and www.hampshirechurches.co.uk websites

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History Leave No Stone Unturned
John Vigar Tagged: Graveyards | Burials | Churches | Famous
Anywhere
History Crenels and Merlons
John Vigar Tagged: Churches | Architecture | Castles | Battlements
Anywhere
History For Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals
John Vigar Tagged: Churches | Amusing | Font | Sex
Anywhere
History Murder Sex and Mayhem in English Churches
John Vigar Tagged: Murder | Graveyards | Churches Amusing
Anywhere
History Bedrooms, Banquets and Balls
John Vigar Tagged: Houses | Country | Social | Amusing
Anywhere
History Curious Kent
John Vigar Tagged: Folly | Follies | Unusual | Amusing
Anywhere
History Churches in Retirement
John Vigar Tagged: Historic Old | Redundant | Disused | Churches
Anywhere
History Exploring Sussex Churches
John Vigar Tagged: Historic | Architecture | Buildings | Churches
Anywhere
History Exploring Kent Churches
John Vigar Tagged: Historic | Architecture | Buildings | Churches
Anywhere
History Britain with Betjeman
John Vigar Tagged: Poetry | Architecture | Counties | Buildings
Anywhere
History Superior Seats - where did we sit in church?
John Vigar Tagged: Pews | Amusing | Seats | Churches
Anywhere
History The Church's Restoration
John Vigar Tagged: Victorian | Churches | Architecture | Pugin
Anywhere
History Treasures in Norfolk Churches
John Vigar Tagged: Norfolk | Churches | Furnishings | Medieval
Anywhere
History A chip off Queen Victoria’s Block
John Vigar Tagged: Royal Family | Victoria | London | Sculpture
Anywhere