History for the future: protecting England's hidden treasures

Securing  the future of our artefacts and historic features

Derbyshire, Kedleston, All Saints', memorial close-up
For four years every £1 we can raise for the artefacts in our churches will be matched with £1 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. We're calling it 'History for the Future'.

History for the Future, aims to safeguard the long term future of important historic artefacts ranging from stunning medieval wall paintings, delicate textiles and world famous stained glass windows to monuments and mosaics.

We need your help to reach our target

In order to secure the match-funding in 2017, together we must raise £500,000.

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The artefacts and features

The project will begin by protecting:  

The original 12th Century door, currently undergoing restoration at St Mary's, Little HormeadOne of the oldest Norman doors in Britain at St Mary the Virgin, Little Hormead in Hertfordshire which dates from 1130-1150. The door was exhibited at the Hayward Gallery in 1984.



Close up of tree of jesse at St Mary's church, ShrewsburyThe world famous 14th-century ‘Jesse window’ within St Mary the Virgin, Shrewsbury in Shropshire which is filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets, and scenes from the life of St Bernard - a Medieval cartoon strip that shows him ridding flies from an abbey, riding a mule and curing the sick.


Young Archaeology Club members working on the floor at All Saints Church, IcklinghamThe floor of the chancel and sanctuary at All Saints Church, Icklingham in Suffolk which is laid with 14th-century tiles. All different in shape, colour and design, they combine to form a brilliant mosaic



Students studying the wallpaintings at Inglesham churchAn amazing series of wall paintings at St John the Baptist, Inglesham in Wiltshire, from the 13th to the 19th century which cover the walls often with one painted over another, in places seven layers thick.



Monument from All Saints' Church, Kedleston, DerbyshireMemorials from c 1275 to Richard de Curzon and his wife at All Saint’s Church, Kedleston in Derbyshire which is also rich with textiles in the Curzon Chapel including banners, altar hangings and silk embroidered hangings.



The tiny vestry at St James' Church is lined from floor to ceiling with thousands of cockle shells, and is perhaps unique in an English churchThe 19th century vestry within St James' Church, Cooling in Kent which is lined with thousands of cockle shells, a church which was the inspiration for Dicken's Great Expectations.


As the project develops and income is generated from the endowment, we will extend it to other sites across the estate. These include St George's Church, Portland in Dorset with its vast churchyard containing fascinating memorials, St Peter's at Sandwich in Kent a 13th century cinque port church where a curfew bell is still rung each night, and All Saint's Church, Billesley in Warwickshire, which has an intriguing Shakespearian connection to the church.

The Catalyst Endowment

The Heritage Lottery Fund, High Impact LogoOver the next four years every £1 we raise for the History for the Future fund will be matched with £1 from a Heritage Lottery Fund Catalyst Endowment which will be worth up to £1million in total.

The fund will support the training of volunteers and act as a catalyst for fundraising to meet specialist conservation costs.

Find out more about Heritage Lottery Fund's Catalyst Programme

For further information, call us on 0800 206 1463

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