Advice and guidance for church buildings

We offer guidance and advice on the day-to-day maintenance of your church and on how to go about making changes to your building.

If you’re interested in the support available to help church in rural areas, we also recommending visiting the Arthur Rank Centre.

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    Introducing new art in churches

    Art has been part of church life for centuries, and art in our churches takes many forms. It helps us connect with God and reflect our faith. New art should always be created for a specific place in your church building, and with an understanding of its purpose in supporting people’s faith. We can guide you through the process of commissioning new art for your church.

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    Jubilee Beacons

    Advice on the use of beacons for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations

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    Lighting

    Lighting a church building is challenging and requires the input of specialist advice to achieve a successful scheme.  We can help you make sure your lights have a positive impact on people’s experience of your building.

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    Local Authority Investment

    Guidance on the National Association of Local Councils and their policy on spending on churches

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    Managing conservation projects

    Conserving artworks and historic objects is a complex process. It involves contracting specialised professionals, commissioning surveys, and getting your permissions and funding. We can take you through the steps of a conservation project.

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    Metalwork

    Many church metalwork and ironworks are of historic and artistic interest such as those made by the local blacksmith or in a regional or national craft workshop.

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    Monumental brasses

    Monumental brasses are one of the most common forms of memorial surviving from the Middle Ages, and a good number survive in our churches. 

    It is important not to overclean brasses, which can cause irreversible damage to the design. Make sure to inspect them regularly.

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    Monuments

    Identify and understand the signs and causes of damage to sculptures and monuments found throughout church buildings and churchyards.

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    New burials and memorials

    Burials, monuments and exhumations are regulated by law. The design of memorials is controlled to make sure that churches and churchyards remain special places that everyone can appreciate. We can help you understand the rules and practices so that you can guide the bereaved, or those wishing to install a new memorial.

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    Noticeboards

    Everyone will see your noticeboard when they pass by the church. Make a good first impression. We can help you make sure your noticeboard sends the right message.