Helping Northern Ireland's churches and chapels

Published: Thursday, April 23, 2015


Meeting with the Ulster Historic Churches Trust.

Claire Walker, the National Churches Trust's Chief Executive and Matthew Seward, Deputy Chief Executive, travelled to Northern Ireland on April 20th 2015 to meet colleagues from the Ulster Historic Churches Trust and others involved in caring for churches and historic buildings, including the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Historic Buildings Council.

A seminar was held in Magheralin, County Down at the Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, which was recently awarded a major £40,000 repair grant by the National Churches Trust.

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust was formed in 1995 to promote a wider understanding and appreciation of Ulster’s historic churches; to record their architecture; to advise on alternative uses for churches that have become redundant and to disseminate information on church maintenance. It has the support of and trustees from the four main Christian denominations in Ireland.

Claire Walker said: "The National Churches Trust is the UK wide charity supporting church and chapel buildings open for worship. That’s why we work closely with local churches trusts throughout England and with partner organisations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The National Churches Trust's remit has always covered the whole of the UK and the visit was part of the Trust’s proactive engagement outside England with churches and those who care for them."

Ulster Historic Churches Trust website