Conservation

All of our churches are listed, mostly Grade I, and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Our collection - the third largest collection of heritage buildings in the country - is worthy of conservation for its national historic, architectural and cultural significance. We carry out an extensive conservation programme of repair and maintenance of these special places.

Explore some of our conservation projects below...

  • Our approach to conservation

    Conserving our churches is hugely important and often challenging for our expert team. We follow simple and effective principles which have stood the test of time. Read more...

  • Caring for our environment

    We are committed to developing the environmental sustainability of our estate. By investing in environmentally-friendly systems and materials, our churches and communities will have the best possible chance to thrive long into the future. The challenge of managing the impact of climate change on the historic environment has never been greater. Read more...

  • Conservation skills and training

    We run hands-on training courses and events to share our conservation knowledge and specialist craft skills. If you'd like to receive advance notice of these events direct to your inbox, please subscribe to our quarterly 'Keystone' conservation and regeneration e-newsletter. We also run a comprehensive programme of creative learning activities inside our churches for families, schools, children, young people and adults of all ages. Find something to suit you on our learning pages.

  • Meet the conservation team

    Our Conservation team

    We mange between 50 and 80 conservation projects each year across our estate of historic churches. Meet the talented team behind those projects.

    • Sarah Robinson

      Interim CEO and Director of Conservation

      After studying engineering at Leicester University Sarah spent 6 years as a structural engineer in London, working on a number of historic buildings including Hampton Court Palace and Southwell Minster.

      In 1991 she won a scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and spent 9 months gaining hands-on experience of historic building repair and conservation. In 1995 Sarah joined us as a Conservation Manager and became Director of Conservation in 2003. In 2010 Sarah became Deputy Chief Executive. She is currently our Acting CEO.

      E. srobinson@thecct.org.uk | T. 0845 303 2760

    • Gabriella Misuriello

      Conservation Project Manager, South East

      Gabriella qualified as a Building Engineer at the University of Basillicata, Italy, where she carried out research into urban regeneration and heritage conservation, followed by an international Masters of Science in European Construction. After graduating, she joined Studio De Tommasi, where she worked on a number of prestigious projects including the St Nicholas Basilica in Bari, the castles of Melfi and Brindsi, and the archaeological Carthaginian battle site of Canne. Gabriella moved to England in 2000 and joined us in 2004.

    • Dawn Whitton

      Conservation Project Manager, North

      Dawn grew up in Durham and studied at Newcastle, Leicester and Colchester, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Fine Art, a Postgraduate Diploma in Library Conservation and an MA in Architectural Building Conservation. Dawn has worked in historic building conservation for Essex County Council and North Yorkshire County Council, where she also worked as consultant Conservation Officer for the North Moors National Park Authority. Dawn joined us in 2002.

    • Meriel O'Dowd

      Conservation Project Manager, West

      Meriel studied MSc Historic Building Conservation at Oxford Brookes University before working at The Georgian Group as a caseworker and then becoming a Chartered Building Surveyor running historic building repair projects - including involvement in the award-winning regeneration of our very own St Paul's Church in Bristol. Meriel joined us in early 2016 from Historic England where she was a Heritage At Risk surveyor for the South West region.