Tackling 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.

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. Help us to protect them by making a donation to our campaign:

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

Thank you for helping to fight back against heritage crime.