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 […]

VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey 2015

England’s gardens, farms and leisure and theme parks experienced the most significant growth in visitor numbers in VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey published this week. Out of the 1,500 English attractions in the survey, outdoor attractions performed particularly well in 2015. Gardens, farms and leisure/theme parks reported the biggest increase in visitors, each up 7%, with wildlife attractions […]

Places of Worship: security funding scheme

In the light of the current climate, you may be interested in the following news: The Home Office announced yesterday bidding for grants under the Places of Worship: security funding scheme, to provide protective security measures for places of worship in England and Wales. Bids for funding can be made for the next 8 weeks […]

Church Tourism Week 23rd-31st July 2016

From mixed aerial classes and extraordinary tower climbs to rock and pop concerts, historic churches cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) across the country have exciting entertainment for everyone. England’s Church Tourism Week is a nationwide celebration of the land’s historic churches.  You can find the full list of the varied and unusual […]

Durham Cathedral Open Treasures launched

Last week on the 23rd July, Durham Cathedral launched its new Open Treasures exhibition. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasures, part of a major development project which has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it. Open Treasure gives visitors access to […]