Monday, 27 April 2009

Hidden Treasures And Much Much More

I am able to enjoy my hobby because of the work and dedication of different charities and organisations that work to keep places of religious significance open to the public. Below and in the side bar I have included links to a few of the sites where I find the hidden treasures I visit:

The Friends of Friendless Churches have campaigned since 1957 for the preservation of ancient and beautiful but redundant churches. They now own 38 former places of worship, half in England, half in Wales, which they have saved from demolition, decay and unsympathetic conversion.

The Churches Tourism Association is the UK's leading body for promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to places of worship and developing the tourism potential and visitor experience of a unique part of our historical and contemporary sacred heritage, captured for the future, living in the present, and distinctive to the location of every community across the land.

This site contain a list of opening arrangements at places of worship grant-aided by the Heritage Lottery and English Heritage.

The Historic Chapels Trust was established in 1993 to take into ownership redundant chapels and other places of worship in England which are of outstanding architectural and historic interest. The object is to secure their preservation, repair and maintenance for public benefit, including contents, burial grounds and ancillary buildings.

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