Temple Church is hidden away in the centre of Bristol, and is mostly unknown to those who live nearby. English Heritage is working with the Architecture Centre to redesign the site, giving it a new purpose and making it a space for the community. The Architecture Centre run ‘Shape My City’, which focusses on learning about architecture in a hands on way, and discovering future career options.
Over two sessions we visited Temple Church and explored the ‘sense of space’ – how it felt to be in the ruins. We then met conservation architects Lucy Barron and Charles Wellingham who told us more about the path to a career in conservation and what the job can offer. We discussed what heritage means to us, and thought about how we would redevelop the Temple Church site, coming up with ideas for a new roof design and how the space could be better used by the community.