Category Archives: Research and recording

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 […]

ComRes Visiting Churches Poll: 49% of British adults visited a church in last year

The National Churches Trust’s poll of 2,037 British people, conducted by ComRes in September 2018, which shows that 49% of British adults visited a church, chapel or meeting house in the last year. That is equivalent to 25 million people.  24% said they had visited a church building, chapel, or meeting house to attend a […]

Public back Government financial support for church buildings, new opinion poll shows

57% of British adults agree that the Government should provide financial support to churches in order to protect their heritage and history for future generations, according to a new ComRes opinion poll commissioned by the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church buildings support charity. This is now an annual survey undertaken by the NCT to […]

Fifty English Steeples

“The church steeple is the glory of the English landscape. Over a thousand years it has evolved a grandeur and a beauty unrivalled in Europe. It is the icon of every parish. At last it has achieved its biographer” – Simon Jenkins The Finest Medieval Parish Church Towers and Spires in England: an outstanding illustrated study of […]

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 […]

The Ecclesiological Society launches its new website

The launch of its new website provides an opportunity to introduce to those who aren’t already aware of it, the Ecclesiological Society. Promoting itself as the Society for those who are interested in and enthusiastic about churches, it also adds that its ‘members’ interests range over all periods and places, from the earliest churches in Britain […]

More than 10 million people visited Cathedrals in England in 2014

According to new figures published today, more than 10 million people visited Church of England’s Cathedrals last year. The research according to new figures published last week in the Church of England’s Cathedral Research and Statistics Report. Research also revealed that the highest motivating factors for Cathedral attendance were peace and contemplation, worship and music and […]

Visit England report on visitor numbers to attractions in 2014 shows a decrease in those visiting places of worship

The annual report, Visitor Attraction Trends in England, records visitor numbers alongside other key information such as entrance fees and visitor profiles to English Attractions. In 2014, the report found that certain types of attractions experienced more growth than others. Country parks, gardens, wildlife attractions/ zoos and historic houses / castles all experienced an increase […]

Medieval Graffitti: The Lost Voices of English Churches

For centuries carved writings and artworks in churches lay largely unnoticed. So archaeologist Matthew Champion started a nationwide survey to gather the best examples. His book has just been published. Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor […]

Domestic tourism figures in UK at all-time high

Visit England has released new figures showing domestic tourism in Britain is on a high after a record-breaking start to the year. The latest results from the Great Britain Tourism Survey (GBTS) has revealed a strong performance for domestic tourism in the first quarter of the year. There were 19.7 million trips recorded in England […]