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Digital Engagement Project Delivers Volunteer Workshops.

The launch of our Digital Engagement programme, funded with part of the money provided by the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund, started with ten, very succesful online workshops for HCT volunteers. The workshops were designed to encourage local volunteer groups to find new and innovative ways in which to engage with audiances long-term, and by doing so, encourage wider public support for individual chapels and the Trust as a whole. The topics of the workshop sessions included; How… Read More »Digital Engagement Project Delivers Volunteer Workshops.

Another well received #ChapelTalk

On Tuesday, the HCT hosted the second of the new series of #ChapelTalks. The speaker, Dr Tim Grass, took listeneners on a journey through the Suffolk Landscape as he shared his personal memories and knowledge of the Strict Baptist Chapels that have become so much part of the cultural and built heritage of this beautiful county. Dr Grass shared the story of how is Father’s favoutite hymn, a Baptist Pastor himself, was Isaac Watt’s paraphase of Psalm 122, and how… Read More »Another well received #ChapelTalk

First #ChapelTalks Held

On Monday 25th January we held the first in the series of our, #ChapelTalks. Given by Dr Peter Forsaith, the talk questioned the real stories behind the rise of John Wesley and dispelled some of the myths around the creation of Methodism. Many interesting questions followed from the audience and positive comments showed it was well received. The Talks were originally the idea of members of our local volunteer groups, created as a way for local groups to stay in… Read More »First #ChapelTalks Held

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

Goverment guidlines changed in mid-May in respect of the re-opening of public places.  Places of Worship will be allowed to open in phase three of the Goverments national re-opening plans. The earliest possible time that our chapels will be open is 4th July 2020. In line with Goverment guidlines, we are now working hard to ensure we have a plan in place for when we are told we can re-open. Our aim is to provide sensible, pragmatic guiance for all our… Read More »Covid 19

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