ChurchCare, the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England, is a national resource offering advice and support for 16,000 parish churches, 12,500 of which are listed. Over the past five years ChurchCare has been able to support 494 conservation projects in parish churches in England.

With the support of the Pilgrim Trust and other funders, ChurchCare provides funding for the conservation of some of the most significant objects in Anglican parish churches. The conservation grants are essential to churches across the country where volunteers undertake the enormous task of looking after one of this country’s greatest historic collections dispersed across 16,000 churches. These historic interiors are still in use and in-situ, retaining the value and meaning they have had for hundreds of years.

Over the past five years the conservation grants programmes have supported 494 projects totalling nearly £1.2 million, conserving historically important paintings, monuments, tapestries such as The Adoration of the Magi tapestry by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris at St Andrew’s Church, Monkwearmouth, in Tyne and Wear in 2018.  The grant from the Pilgrim Trust also funds the conservation of listed churchyard structures including an early tombs and historic boundary walls.

A key part of conservation is understanding why an object is deteriorating. Since 2013 with the help of the Pilgrim Trust, Churchcare has funded investigations, environmental surveys and condition reports for 173 projects,  which help conservators to provide the most appropriate treatment for the long-term care of an object. This approach raises standards of care and conservation for our historic interiors, enabling them to be used and appreciated for now and future generations.

Images with kind permission of Churchcare