The HRBA has an extremely helpful page on caring for Historic Places of Worship during the coronavirus pandemic which provides links to useful sources of information for those who are responsible for historic (or indeed any) places of worship. The page, last updated on 13 May 2020, is reproduced below with the HRBA’s permission:
A useful summary of the Government’s thinking about re-opening places of worship (from Law & Religion UK, 12 May 2020). With an update of 13 May.
- The Heritage Alliance Coronavirus Hub and Funding Hub (includes links to emergency funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Historic England emergency response fund).
- The NCVO blog and advice page aimed at voluntary organisations.
- The wide-ranging set of links on Law & Religion UK (much wider than legal material).
- DCMS list of Treasury financial support relevant to Heritage and covering letter (28 April). This duplicates information available above.
Calls for evidence, surveys, reports
- National Churches Trust survey – deadline 15 May.
- DCMS Committee call for evidence on the Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors (including heritage) – deadline 19 June.
- Historic England REPORT on its survey.
- (Historic Environment Scotland survey now closed.)
- (Northern Ireland Historic Environment Division survey now closed.)
- The Heritage Alliance Survey.
- Future for Religious Heritage Survey.
- National Lottery Heritage Fund REPORT on its survey.
Advice from specific bodies, including faith bodies
- Ecclesiastical Insurance: five priorities for managing temporarily closed or unoccupied churches.
- RIBA advice.
- Historic England advice including caring for historic places.
- Historic Environment Scotland advice.
- Cadw advice.
- Church of England coronavirus advice from the CofE website; CofE financial advice from Parish Resources; a Directory of CofE advice from Law and Religion UK; and bell ringing advice from the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers.
- Church of Scotland advice.
- Church in Wales advice.
- Catholic Church in England and Wales advice.
- Methodist Church advice.
- Baptist Union advice.
- Society of Friends advice.
- United Reformed Church advice.
- Muslim Council of Great Britain advice.
[updated 14 May 2020 at 17:54 to incorporate changes made on HRBA site after this post was published]