The National Churches Trust is dedicated to supporting churches so that they can stay open as places of worship. Sometimes, however, churches do have to close.
One of the main ways we help keep the UK’s churches open and in use is through our grant awards. Last year we gave £5.1 million of funding for vital church repairs, maintenance, and new facilities.
In a new feature, we take a closer look at how our funding is making a difference to churches and the people who use them. This week it's Holy Trinity church in the Leicestershire village of Norton Juxta Twycross.
Sarah Galloway is a contemporary artist specialising in architectural glass.
Nigel Walter, Director of Archangel Architects and Trustee of the National Churches Trust, spoke about his 'narrative approach' developed to address the nature and challenges of living religious heritage at an online masterclass for the Future for Religious Heritage (FRH), a not-for-profit organisation of charities and conservation professionals working to protect religious heritage buildings across Europe.
The voluntary work of church recording involves a team of up to ten people researching and documenting the artistic and historical heritage of a church.
Elena Curti writes about St Walburge, Preston, the church with the tallest spire of any parish church in England.
When thieves stole a beautiful brass pulpit rail from a Victorian church in Kent, a replica was made by Waltham Forest Engineering Ltd (WFE), which undertakes heritage metalwork projects across London and the South East.
The beauty of using lime plaster in church restoration, is that it is a natural product that is flexible, breathable, hardwearing and has been used for centuries.
The attraction of conservation architecture is that you are always working with the best quality materials and working with tradespeople who are highly skilled.
Alpha chairs was founded 24 years ago by a former pastor of the Elim Pentecostal church, who spotted a gap in the church market for affordable high-quality seating.
Watts & Co has been making ecclesiastical clothing and furnishings since 1874. It is associated with beautiful embroidered vestments, in fine silks hand-crafted at their London premises.