CVTA Newsletter November 2016

The cvta-newsletter-november-2016 is now available. It includes a report back from an inspirational CVTA symposium held at St Albans Cathedral in October 2016. There is a summary of the talk given on the results of a st-albans-shrine-survey-presentation-22-october-2016 of those who came to the Cathedral and either intentionally or in the process of visiting lit a candle […]

Christmas Carols at the national Shrine of Saint Jude

There is an open invitation to join the Carmelite Friars for Christmas carols at the Shrine of Saint Jude on Saturday 3rd December 2016 in Faversham, Kent. Singing starts at 2.30pm, but there will be plenty of activities before and after. Everyone who attends will need to get their voices ready for a good and celebratory singalong! […]

Murder, Sex and Mayhem in the English Church

On Tuesday 29th November 2016, John E. Vigar will be visiting the Discovery Centre in Basingstoke to deliver a presentation on ‘Murder, Sex and Mayhem in the English Church.’ John Vigar will share the stories behind the medieval murals, misericords and memorials which depict murders, stabbings, wife beating, brawls… a quiet stroll around the local […]

Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals Past and Present

This is on-going research project being undertaken as an Open University project looking at identifying and analysing the core dynamics of pilgrimage and sacred sites in England from the 11th to 21st centuries, assessing the growing significance of English Cathedrals as sacred/heritage sites today and inform management of and public engagement with these iconic buildings. This […]

Fifty English Steeples

“The church steeple is the glory of the English landscape. Over a thousand years it has evolved a grandeur and a beauty unrivalled in Europe. It is the icon of every parish. At last it has achieved its biographer” – Simon Jenkins The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England: an outstanding illustrated study of […]

31 Liverpool churches open their doors for Heritage Open Days 2016

Ian Simpson, Heritage Officer at the Diocese of Liverpool has been working hard to encourage churches across the diocese to open their doors for Heritage Open Days which is taking place between Thursday 8th and Sunday 11th September. The 31 churches between them are a hugely diverse selection of church buildings, representing a range of […]

Heritage Open Days and Ride and Stride 2016

There are two big visiting events happening in September which between them will mean that many more churches will be open over the second weekend of September 2016. Heritage Open Days (HODs) is taking place from 8-11thSeptember across the country. Literally thousands of historic buildings and cultural places are going to be open many of them […]

The Netherlands: Conference on Religious Tourism, October 2016

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Museum Catharijne Convent, The Centre for Religious Art and Culture (Belgium) and the Future for Religious Heritage will be jointly organizing a conference on Religious Heritage and Tourism. The conference is called “How to increase religious heritage tourism in a changing society” will […]