Historic Chapels Trust

HCT Chapel Talks; recordings

‘Debunking the Creation Myth of Methodism’, Dr Peter Forsaith. Link here ‘Strict Baptist Chapels of Suffolk’, Dr Tim Grass. Link here ‘Reading Quaker Meeting Houses’, Dr Chris Skidmore. Link here ‘Equiano’s Daughter, An Insight into Dissenting England’, Professor Clyde Binfield. Link here ‘Eleanor Coade and her Artificial Stone’, Caroline Stanford, Link here.

SEE AND HEAR Bethesda in 360°

We’re pleased to reveal The Cathedral of the Potteries in 360° with voices and music from chapel volunteers and former members of the congregation. With help from the National Heritage Lottery Fund the Historic Chapels Trust has been creating virtual tours for a number of sites. This has helped communities to find new ways of telling their stories to wider audiences. For Bethesda this means showing new visitors inside the amazing space, sharing some memories of life as part of… Read More »SEE AND HEAR Bethesda in 360°

Farfield Virtual Tour Launched

Since February our volunteers have been working hard with our Digital Consultant to gather resources for virtual tours, memorial recordings, oral history projects, photographic journals, and much more. Today we’re pleased to release the Farfield Quaker Meeting House virtual tour with an audio track written and recorded by Dr. Chris Skidmore, one of the Farfield volunteers. We hope you enjoy this tour and we’d love to see you at the Meeting House in person some day!

Emergency Funding Campaign

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR EMERGENCY CAMPAIGN TO RAISE £20,000 As a charity Historic Chapels Trust is dependent on donations to care for its exceptional collection of Nonconformist and Catholic chapels. We are committed to protecting these vital strands of our history but the cancellation and postponement of events including weddings and concerts, due to COVID-19, has had a significant impact on our income. We are delighted that thanks to your generosity we have exceeded our orginal target of £10,000. However, with an… Read More »Emergency Funding Campaign

Historic Chapels Trust Receives £105,600 From Culture Recovery Fund

Historic Chapels Trust is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of £105,600 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund which is delivered in a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England, British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the #HereForCulture campaign. COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on Historic Chapels Trust. The closure of our chapels in March, alongside the postponement and cancellation of events and… Read More »Historic Chapels Trust Receives £105,600 From Culture Recovery Fund

Covid 19, March 2021

In response to the Covid-19 national lockdown which commenced on Tuesday 5 January 2021, we regret to say that our chapels are once again closed to the public for general visiting. Following the Government’s recent announcement, we are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to HCT chapels soon. At present, our chapels are still closed to the public for general visiting. However, as places of worship, they are available for communal worship, weddings in exceptional circumstances, and funerals. Where possible,… Read More »Covid 19, March 2021

Historic Chapels Trust to Continue Partnership with Churches Conservation Trust

Historic Chapels Trust (HCT) and the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) are delighted to confirm that they will develop a stronger working relationship so that they can realise HCT’s vision to be a sustainable business for the 21st century, cementing its place as the principle organisation in England through which the most significant non-Anglican places of worship no longer in regular use may be conserved, made accessible, and understood and valued by society. HCT have provisionally secured funding from Historic England… Read More »Historic Chapels Trust to Continue Partnership with Churches Conservation Trust

Farfield Quaker Meeting House Recieves Blue Plaque Accreditation

Farfield Quaker Meeting House was built in 1689, immediately following The 1689 Act of Toleration which allowed other forms of non-anglican worship to take place in Britain for the first time. This makes Farfield Meeting House one of the oldest Quaker meeting houses and indeed one of the very first legal non-conformist religious buildings in the country. This historical significance was recognised on Saturday 2nd June when a Blue Plaque was unveiled on the outer boundary wall of the Farfield… Read More »Farfield Quaker Meeting House Recieves Blue Plaque Accreditation