Evesham church launches new visitor displays
St Lawrence’s Church in Evesham is launching a new scheme of interpretation that will tell the story of the church’s history with new activities for the whole family. The town centre church is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust who are responsible for the visitor displays, which aim to attract more people to the site and secure its long term future.
The new interpretation explores the skilled craftsmanship that can be seen throughout St Lawrence’s with a series of interactive displays focussing on music, stone masonry, stained glass art and the local people who would have used the church in the past. A new welcome desk provides an information point and a hub for the volunteers who provide tours of the church. Visitors can also enjoy a rolling programme of exhibitions curated by The Vale of Evesham Historic Society.
Colin Shearer, Director of The Churches Conservation Trust in the West of England, said:
‘St Lawrence’s Church is a wonderfully imposing and fascinating church right in the centre of Evesham’s historic centre, with some of the best stained glass windows in the country. We are thrilled to be opening our doors to visitors who can now explore its rich history with a whole range of activities.’
The Churches Conservation Trust was able to embark on this ambitious project with support from a grant awarded by community and environmental charity, Welcome to our Future, who funded the new welcome desk through the Severn Waste Environmental Fund. The fund receives financial contributions from county waste management contractor Severn Waste Services, under the Landfill Community Fund.
St Lawrence’s Church is open daily between 9.30 am and 3.30pm and entry is free. It can be found in Evesham’s Abbey Park, alongside the parish church of All Saints’ and the bell tower of the abbey. More information can be found at visitchurches.org.uk.
If you would like to volunteer at St Lawrence’s please contact Deborah Hext on [email protected]