The national charity saving historic churches at risk
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.
In order to secure the match-funding in 2017, together we must raise £500,000.
The project will begin by protecting:
One 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.
The 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.
The 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
An 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.
Memorials 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 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.
Over 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.
For further information, call us on 0800 206 1463
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