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Treasure Ireland

A project by the National Churches Trust, to support historic places of worship in Northern Ireland.

The project, which will run over three years, includes a new grants fund which offers between £500 to £10,000 for repairs and maintenance to help keep churches in good condition and so prevent expensive repairs. To date over thirty places of worship have received support through the Treasure Ireland grant programme.

‘Treasure Ireland' is not just about grants, it offers training and mentoring to help you look after your treasured place of worship. This includes developing skills on writing funding bids, maintenance, interpretation and tourism.  

The project aims to increase the number of people visiting churches in Northern Ireland for days out or as part of a holiday. At least 100 churches will be added to ExploreChurches providing visitors with a one stop digital gateway into discovering the architecture and ecclesiastical history of Northern Ireland.


Visit our Treasured Ireland visitor guide, where we will list all our Northern Ireland content.

The Places of Worship Forum was set up in 2017 and provides an opportunity for churches and organisations with an interest in faith heritage to meet, share, discuss issues and explore ideas. 

We invite you to the next Northern Ireland Places of Worship Forum in person on Monday 12th December 2022 at 11am in the stunning island town of Enniskillen at the historic St Macartin's. 

 

Activities

Treasured Stained Glass
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Treasured Stained Glass-Care and Conservation

As part of Maintenance Week 2022 Treasure Ireland invites you to a unique workshop hosted by stained glass specialist and artist Evan Connon from Connon Stained Glass in the stunning Grade A listed St Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, Armagh.

Treasured Heritage
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Treasured Heritage-Researching your Place of Worship

Places of worship are treasure troves of heritage and we want to support you in researching the hidden history of your treasured building. The event is led by Dr William Roulston, Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and takes place at at the Mellon Centre for Migration Studies based at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, County Tyrone.

Places of Worship Forum
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Places or Worship Forum Northern Ireland

Join us in Enniskillen on 12 December at 11am for the Places of Worship Forum. Connect over coffee and experience the stunning heritage of the historic St Macartin's Cathedral, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Partners

The Pilgrim Trust

The Pilgrim Trust gives grants aimed at preserving the fabric of architecturally or historically important buildings, or to preserve historically significant artifacts or documents.

Department for Communities

Historic environment : responsible for historic monuments, buildings, parks, gardens, maritime heritage, industrial heritage, defence heritage and archaeology.