Sarah Crossland: Church Tourism Manager
Sarah is our Church Tourism Manager, leading on our church tourism work to develop projects and support the wider sector. Sarah also offers advice and guidance to churches, dioceses and denominations wanting to be more open and welcoming, organise events and train volunteers. She is available to give talks at training days and workshops, or offer advice on an individual or group basis.
Previously, Sarah managed regional church tourism projects in Yorkshire and helped develop and advise others around the country. She was the first paid church tourism officer in the UK, starting work in early 1998. Her projects include Heritage Inspired, which involved over 150 heritage faith sites (of all faiths) to develop their tourism, education and heritage potential - working with hundreds of local volunteers and friends groups on interpretation, large scale events, heritage trails, talks and courses, tours, volunteer training and publicity and tourism promotion.
Sarah has a degree in Social Anthropology and has worked with several First Nations Canadian and Native American tribal bands on cultural interpretation and museum development. She is a Trustee of the Churches Visitor and Tourism Association and Heritage Advisor to the Diocese of Sheffield DAC.