Annual appeal: Heritage Crime

Halting the Epidemic of Heritage Crime

The growing scourge of heritage crime has afflicted many churches and those of The Churches Conservation Trust are no exception.  You may be aware of the terrible impact of metal theft at a number of our most cherished sites. Damage to a roof inevitably leads to interior issues resulting from water ingress, as tragically illustrated at Inglesham where some of the magnificent wall paintings suffered staining.

Precious objects including stained glass and wooden panels are also not immune.  At Withcote in Leicestershire thieves  removed a Tudor glass panel showing the prophet Ezekiel - very likely the work of Henry VIII’s glazier - from the remote 16th-century chapel. At Torbryan in Devon two painted panels were hacked out of the 15th-century rood screen and whisked away for sale. Two years later - following a high profile, international media campaign and police operation - we were lucky enough to recover, conserve and re-site the panels – but the cost was high.

Fighting Back

These buildings belong to us all. Their architecture, fabric and contents form a precious collection of public art - free for everyone to experience and draw inspiration from. 2019 will be our 50th year.  In the lead up to this important anniversary we are launching a Campaign against Heritage Crime in liaison with other sector bodies. As part of this we are opening an appeal for £50,000 to start a fighting fund to protect our buildings and keep the doors open for all to enjoy, now and long into the future.

Make a donation to our campaign:

  • £25 pay for the registration of items on the appropriate Art Loss registers
  • £50 support the cost of a skills training day for Volunteer Guardians
  • £100 fund a security audit of one of our major churches
  • £250 help fund the installation of a trembler alarm
  • £500 contribute to the provision of a security system
  • £1,000 cover the installation costs of a PV (solar) cell to power cameras
  • £5,000 fund the installation of a roof alarm

Thank you for helping to fight back against heritage crime.