Church Explorers is Back for Summer 2017

Over the past five years, the JORVIK group has supported church open days on a medieval theme through the Church Explorers programme. These events have seen hundreds of visitors accessing these wonderful buildings and hearing their stories for the first time. The project aims to make communities throughout Yorkshire more familiar with their built heritage and in particular with the wealth of historic religious buildings in the region.

This project gives churches another great excuse to throw open their doors and welcome in members of the public over the summer holidays. In recent years, churches have included artworks by local children, exhibitions, talks and guided walks, archery, wood carving, wool spinning, and medieval banquets.

In 2017 JORVIK, working with the Diocese of York, expanded the scope of the project to include post-medieval churches to create a map of Yorkshire’s historic Christian landscape, showcasing many of their historic treasures that are often hidden in plain sight!

This year the attractions include:

...and much more!

In 2016, the Rt Revd John Thomson, Bishop of Selby said,

“I’d like to encourage your church to consider taking part in Church Explorers in 2016. It’s a great way to encourage people to visit your church, discover its stories, and experience a Christian welcome. We can use our rich histories to share why our churches were built to the glory of God and to encourage people to take part in the life of the church today.”

Click here to view all of the Church Explorers events