Category Archives: Interpretation

‘Why we…?’ Six leaflets that explain the different elements of Anglican worship

These leaflets were written* to explain to visitors (and regulars) what is going on in worship and why people do certain things like cross themselves and genuflect. Within the Anglican church there are many different traditions which can lead to misunderstandings. They cover six topics: Making the sign of the cross sign of the cross Genuflecting and […]


Church Heritage Interpretation: Info-Point

Adapting historic places of worship for complementary activities often involves tapping into the potential footfall and income from tourists and heritage visitors. For six years now Info-Point has been providing a modern way for church buildings to easily deliver information to visitors’ smartphones, at low cost and low risk. Smartphones can even be used as a way of […]


‘Inspired Conference: Heritage Interpretation for Places of Worship’ on 27th February 2018, Durham Cathedral

Inspired will explore practical ways to use the heritage of your church to engage and inspire people, to tell relevant stories for today, to support mission and to improve churches’ overall sustainability. It will partly use the example of Durham Cathedral’s recently opened ‘Open Treasure’ exhibition, but will also draw on experience and practice from parish […]



Churches, An Architectural Guide

Just published (March 2016), Churches an Architectural Guide is a very accessible book and is for anyone who would like to understand more about the architectural history of English churches. Clear and easy to use, the text explains the key components of church architecture-stylistic developments, functional requirements, regional variations, and arcane vocabulary. Readers can equip […]


Hexham Abbey – the Big Story

If you are visiting the North East and want to see an exemplar of how to present your place of worship then do visit Hexham Abbey. Opened in the autumn of 2014,  it presents  1,300 years of its history as a priory and parish church using many different types of media aimed at all audiences. […]


Ely Cathedral launches new app

Ely Cathedral is to become the latest Cathedral to launch its own app – allowing visitors to navigate their way round the 900-year-old site. The App, which is available for download on most smartphones and tablets, will tell users about the history of the site, provide tour routes and information about the architecture and iconic […]


Methodist heritage seeks volunteers

The Methodist Church is seeking three volunteers with proven expertise to help support the care and promotion of Methodist archives and heritage. Would you, or do you know of others you would like to encourage to, consider these opportunities to serve the Methodist Church? Please feel free to share this email widely. If you have […]


Interpreting religious heritage – a new study

Interpreting Religious Heritage looked at the different ways that churches can promote themselves and their religious heritage. It was undertaken by four American students as their Interactive Qualifying Project submitted to the Faculty of  Worcester Polytechnic Institute in partial fulfilment of the requirements for their BSc degree. This was a partnership between Worcester Polytechnic Institute […]


Micklegate Priory revealed

Holy Trinity Micklegate, York is a thriving parish church with a long and complex history. The present church is only part of the nave from a much larger Benedictine priory church that was at the heart of a seven-acre monastic precinct. The modern-day Anglican parish has strong ecumenical links with both the Benedictine abbey at […]