Category Archives: Understanding visitors

Why do people light candles?

The Shrine of St Alban is a site of national Pilgrimage and is one of the highlights of a visit to St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church. People have been coming there for over 1700 years. It is used as a place of prayer and stillness by visitors every day. St Alban is Britain’s first […]


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 […]


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 […]


Heritage Open Days 2016 Organisers Fair

This year Heritage Open Days will run 8–11 September 2016. This follows on from the success of 2015, which saw almost 40,000 volunteers and some 3.4m visitors participate across the UK. It is England’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers who open up buildings of every age, size and style including places of worship and invite […]


New poll shows public back Government funding for historic churches and an increase in numbers of people visiting churches

A new opinion poll commissioned by the National Churches Trust, reveals that 60% of British adults back the Government providing financial support for churches, chapels and meeting houses in order to protect their heritage and history for future generations. Of key interest to CVTA supporters is the finding that 57% of British adults say they visited […]


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 […]


Building on History: researching your church’s history

 Building on History: The Church in London This project developed in partnership by the Diocese of Coventry’s Divine Inspiration project with the Open University, King’s College London and the Diocese of London provides guidance on how to research parish records, write your own church parish history and create your own guidebook. The aim of the […]