Access to Historic Buildings: English Heritage Guidance
These guidelines are intended for those who own, manage or occupy historic buildings. They are also intended for those who will be professionally involved in planning alterations to historic buildings or in advising on alternative forms of service provision. The link will take you to a pdf of the guidance.
Archaeology - Why it matters
The Archaeology Forum (TAF), formerly the Historic Environment Forum, has brought out a new advocacy document 'Archaeology Enriches us All' to explain why archaeology matters.
Bat Conservation Trust
Link to a publication by the Bat Conservation Trust entitled "Bats in Churches and how you can help them".
The British Institute of Organ Studies
To advance the education of the public in and promote the study of and research into the development of the organ and its music in all its aspects and, in particular, the development of the organ and its music in Britain and to publish the useful results of any such research; and to promote the preservation and restoration of historic organs in Britain for the benefit of the public generally.
The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers
The Towers and Belfries Committee of the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers make available advice and assistance on and information about the installation, maintenance and security of rings of bells, the maintenance of towers, and related matters. Contact details of how to obtain such advice can be found on the website.
CHURCHart exists to encourage artists, congregations, and those involved in the care of churches to foster and engage the arts in the life of the church.
Contains information on how to commission and fund new art work.
Information about fundraising, guidance for new churchwardens and all sorts details on different aspects of maintaining church fabric and developing your church building.
Helpful information regarding Health and Safety in church buildings
Church Plans On-Line
This is useful for research on your building. Some 12,300 plans are included which, in some instances, are the only surviving evidence for the layout of the church before restoration.
Churches Tourism Association
The Churches Tourism Association is the UK's leading body for promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to places of worship and developing the tourism potential and visitor experience of a unique part of our historical and contemporary sacred heritage, captured for the future, living in the present, and distinctive to the location of every community across the land.
The Conservation Foundation
The Conservation Foundation was founded to provide a means for people in public, private and non-profit sectors to collaborate on environmental causes. In terms of churches, see the 'Parish Pumps Programme' section of the website; the Programme is organised in association with the Public Affairs Division of the Church of England. It brings news and information on sustainable living, provides funding for community projects and organises events on topical sustainable consumption and production issues.
The Conservation Register makes information available on conservation-restoration businesses providing commercial services in a variety of specialisms, many of which will be useful to churches seeking specialist help.
Disability advice - Through the Roof
Through the Roof is a Christian disability ministry working in partnership with churches and other organisations to promote access and inclusion of disabled people in every area of church life.
Divine Inspiration is a programme in the Diocese of Coventry that acknowledges that church buildings are held in trust for all people to explore and enjoy, of all ages and any spiritual persuasion. They are full of potential for learning, heritage, leisure activity, cultural events and are, most importantly, for sharing. They encourage those who are stewards of church buildings to look creatively at how they welcome visitors to their buildings and to tell better, well researched and more engaging stories to those who make visits. Their website contains a number of useful resources.
Ecclesiastical Church Matters Newsletter
The Church Matters Newsletter includes advice on topical issues that have affected churches in the past. There's also a check list to help churches protect themselves from arson and tips for looking after cemeteries and church yards to help reduce claims from slips, trips and falls.
English Heritage 'Inspired!' campaign
Inspired! is English Heritage's campaign to secure a sustainable future for England’s 14,500 listed places of worship. A 'one-stop shop' for everything that English Heritage does to support places of worship.
Faith in Maintenance
An initiative run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) which aims to help volunteers who look after historic places of worship. They provide training to help you understand how your building works and how to solve problems caused by leaky gutters and blocked drains. Free training courses are available to any faith group using an historic building for worship. The website contains lots of helpful tips and guidance.
Funds for Historic Buildings
A comprehensive guide to funding for anyone seeking to repair, restore or convert for a new use any historic building in England and Wales.
The Georgian Group
One of the National Amenity Societies who advise on buildings of the period 1700 to 1837. They may need to be consulted on significant changes to listed churches or fittings of this period.
The Church of England's Stewardship websites, with much useful information for parishes on this issue including information on giving, Gift Aid, a Stewardship Toolkit for Rural Churches, and much more.
Tax efficient giving
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
The SPAB represents the practical and positive side of conservation.
They are also one of the National Amenity Societies who may need to be consulted on significant changes to listed church buildings. They have a free telephone advice line for technical advice.
SPAB Techncial Advice Line (9.30am-12.30pm) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 0207 456 0916
Personal website of Mr Chris McKay (professional member and Director of the British Horological Institute (BHI)) containing many useful documents to download regarding the conservation and maintenance of Church Turret Clocks.
The Twentieth Century Society
One of the National Amenity Societies who advise on buildings of the period from 1914 to the present day. They may need to be consulted on significant changes to listed churches or fixtures and fittings from this period.
The Victorian Society
One of the National Amenity Societies who advise on buildings of the period 1837 to 1914. They may need to be consulted on significant changes to listed churches or fittings of this period.