If you’re interested in the support available to help church in rural areas, we also recommending visiting the Arthur Rank Centre.
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.
Guidance on the National Association of Local Councils and their policy on spending on churches
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.
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.
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.
Identify and understand the signs and causes of damage to sculptures and monuments found throughout church buildings and churchyards.
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.
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.
Your church organ needs regular maintenance, and every 20 to 30 years it might also need a few repairs. We can help you make good choices when the time comes to repair or replace it.
Many paintings were commissioned and painted especially for their place in the church and can be fragile and vulnerable to physical or environmental changes. Our guidance will help you to understand how these paintings were made, what types of damage to look out for, and when to call in a professional conservator for advice.