The Parish Church Photographic Survey

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 Newham set up a website with maps showing the status of each church he visited. In recent years he has converted this information into a smartphone app.

The app, called Keyholder,  is ground-breaking in several respects: it allows people  to give the status of and make comments about churches they visit. It also brings together in one place links to the specific churches on third-party sites like the Churches Conservation Trust, the CVMA, the CRSBI, Doves Guide, the English Heritage Listing and Images of England photo, Geograph and Google Street View.

The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. There is a demo area of about 100 churches so that people can get an idea of how the app works. Full access to all of England can be unlocked by a small subscription, either on a monthly or yearly basis. The money goes towards the costs of running the server.

Find out more on the website. There is also information on how you can update the opening times of your church.