Category Archives: Using technology

Counting church visitor numbers goes digital

Do churches know the number of visitors that pass through their doors? On 4 October 2019, the National Churches Trust launched the Great Church Visitor Count, a research project which will see 40 digital counters installed at parish churches and chapels in England and Wales. Unlike cathedrals, museums and historic houses, there is no reliable […]

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 […]

Open for What? A CVTA Seminar in Leicester on 23rd April 2016

On Saturday 23rd April CVTA is holding an East Midlands seminar in Leicester entitled Open for What? The Ministry and Mission of Church Buildings This will be of particular practical interest to churchwardens, clergy and others from all denominations and faith groups who are keen to open up their church buildings to visitors. There will […]

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 […]

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 […]

High-tech guide to York city centre churches

An innovative smartphone app allowing people to explore York city centre churches in new and exciting ways was launched in 2012. Created by the University of York’s Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, the new mobile phone app is designed to encourage visitors of all ages to explore the rich life and history of […]

Holy Trinity, Stratford upon Avon: a honeypot church

In 2008, the Revd Martin Gorick gave a presentation at the CTA Conference on the issues that arise when you are looking after a church which has thousands of visitors every year. In this case, the parish church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon which is famous for being the burial place of […]

The Parish Church Photographic Survey

The Parish Church Photographic Survey aims to photographically record all of the rural parish churches and their contents of England in detail. The project began in 1997 and by the end of 2014, over 75% of the country has been covered. In order to counter the notion that “all churches are locked”,  the photographer, Cameron […]

Virtual tours and aerial views of your church

A 360° tour on your website which allows people to look around your church so they know what to expect. It can also increase their wish to visit to see the real thing. A good example was produced for St Mary’s de Castro, Leicester LeicesterPhotoDesign have recently completed a 360° virtual tour for St Wulfram’s, […]

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. You can view here a presentation on Augmented Reality given by Nigel Walters at the CTA 2012 Conference. AugmentedReality_NigelWalter