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Taylor Review Pilot

The Taylor Review Pilot launched on 3 September 2018 and will run until March 2020. It will explore some of the recommendations from the English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review.

The Taylor Review was commissioned in April 2016, reporting to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The review's aim was to examine the funding and sustainability of listed Church of England buildings and ensure that they are conserved for future generations.

Image of the exterior of the Unitarian Chapel, Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, showing the distinctive oval window above the main door.
Unitarian Chapel, Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds © Historic England

Summary of the pilot

We're administering the Taylor Review Pilot on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The pilot is restricted to places of worship in Greater Manchester and Suffolk.

The pilot has four main elements:

  • 2 x fabric support officers (one each in Greater Manchester and Suffolk)
  • 2 x community development advisers (one each in Greater Manchester and Suffolk)
  • Workshops on maintenance and in community engagement in both areas
  • A minor repairs fund in both areas

The pilot is open to all faith groups who manage listed places of worship and meet the eligibility criteria. The fabric support officers will focus on helping congregations with maintenance and repair of historic fabric. They will also work with those applying for a minor repairs fund grant. The community development advisers will help to increase engagement beyond the worshipping community in both an urban and rural context.

The workshops will promoting best practice in the maintenance of historic buildings and the value of developing strong links with the local community.

The minor repairs fund aims to address the physical deterioration of historic fabric by encouraging a ‘stitch in time’ approach to doing urgent minor repairs to reduce the likelihood of a building becoming ‘at risk’.

For further information on any of the above, or to sign up for email updates, please contact us at taylorpilot@HistoricEngland.org.uk.

 

Image of the exterior of the Church of St Luke in Weaste, Salford.
St Luke's, Weaste, Salford © Historic England

English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review

We welcome the publication of the English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review and look forward to working closely with the Government on this important agenda. We support the recommendation of a pilot phase to explore the benefits of carefully targeted resources and look forward to working with DCMS to develop this further.

We're glad that the review recognises the extraordinary efforts of local congregations to keep their buildings repaired and open. This vital service to the wider community and willingness to share the church has kept these buildings alive for generations and will underpin their future.

You can download the full review and read the DCMS press release on the GOV.UK website.

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