Category Archives: Preparing for Visitors



Vacancies – Project Officer – Inspired North East

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Project Officer to join our Inspired North East team. Building on our unique heritage, our aim is to secure sustainable futures for our churches as living places of worship as well as providing local communities with buildings to be used and enjoyed and places to welcome visitors. […]


Fling Open the Gates!

One of CVTA’s Trustees, Ian Simpson, who is a Heritage Officer in Liverpool Diocese, held a Seminar in February 2016 for clergy and others within his Diocese with the aim of encouraging churches to open their doors. There are two powerpoints which he presented on the day which cover not only why churches should be […]


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 […]


Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2016 shortlist

Chester Cathedral and Durham Cathedral Woodlands are both included in the shortlist for the 2016 Hudson’s Heritage Awards. Established in 2011 the Hudson’s Heritage Awards are an independent scheme, judged by an expert panel chaired by Norman Hudson OBE. The awards celebrate the best visitor experiences at heritage attractions in the UK each year including […]


Heritage Open Days 2015 sets record

3.4 million people from across Great Britain discovered the joys of Heritage Open Days this year, with 2 million visitors sampling the four-day festival for the first time. Evaluation of the 2015 events show satisfaction was up on last year’s rates, with an overwhelming 97% of visitors and 93% of volunteers enjoying their experiences, while […]


Resources for your church card stall and shop

Tim Tiley Ltd is a family run Christian print and gift wholesalers based in Bristol (U.K.), which supplies many Christian bookshops, conference centres and cathedral and church shops. They have an extensive range of products from prayer cards, bookmarks, folded cards and posters to jewellery, stationery, bible covers, wallets and more… Tim says We could […]


Buildings for Mission – a new resource

A very practical new handbook, Buildings for Mission, which aims to be a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches. This new book which offers itself as a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches is a must have for any congregation who is starting to have a major […]


A meditative walk around an historic church

SGM Lifewords have a card designed for visitors to historic churches. In the form of a fold-out card, it offers a meditative walk around the building, using the architecture as a starting point for prayer and reflection. Part of their Historic Churches range, they believe it will work in almost any traditional church building.