Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why doesn't HCT take on Anglican Buildings?

Historic Chapels Trust was founded to rescue specifically non-Anglican places of worship. We are the only trust in England doing this. There are more than forty trusts rescuing Anglican churches.

Can we put on events at your chapels?

Yes! Most of our Churches, Chapels and Meeting Houses welcome events, meetings, concerts and ceremonies. Facilities, capacity and availability vary greatly and we keep charges realistic.  Go here to make an enquiry.

Do you give grants?

We don't have funds to give grants.  In fact, we spend a lot of time and energy raising funds to keep going. To support our work go here

Can my group visit?

We welcome group visits, but please book in advance to ensure no clash with building works or other events - and so a volunteer can arrange to meet you.

Do you get money from the churches or Government?

Neither - unlike the scheme for the Church of England which receives both. We have received generous grants from Historic England (which is ultimately funded by the Government) and the Heritage Lottery Fund, but we have to bid annually for these, case by case.

Who looks after your buildings?

We are fortunate in having 250 volunteers living near our buildings. They help as keyholders, champions, guides and event organisers. Conservation accredited surveyors and architects supervise repairs and restoration.

Do you charge admission?

No, but we hope you will leave a donation towards upkeep. For group visits or guided tours there may be a charge. At concerts and events admission charges and ticketing may apply.

Will you take on more chapels?

At present we are not able to take on any more chapels until we have fully restored all those we own. The exception might be if a chapel was offered us with a really substantial endowment fund.

Are you a religious charity?

We are legally established as a secular charity. Since we only look after places of worship this may seem strange, but it helps us deal in even-handed way with all denominations: Quaker, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and so on, across the spectrum.

Are your building places of worship?

Yes. All are still legally places of worship and still host acts of worship, in the tradition for which they were built, and of others. Religious uses (such as worship, Christenings and weddings) have equal standing with secular uses (such as meetings or concerts). All are warmly welcome at our sites irrespective of what, if any, religious belief they hold.

Where do you operate?

In England only. We have sister organisations in Wales and Scotland.

Why are your buildings important?

The reasons are as various as the chapels themselves. Some are important for their architecture, some for their historic importance. Most are important for both.

Are your buildings listed?

All are Grade I or Grade II* listed buildings, so among the 8% most important of all listed buildings.

Can I get married in your buildings?

Religious marriages are available in seven of our twenty buildings, with a ceremony according the tradition for those buildings. Under UK law we cannot offer civil ceremonies. However, you may have a blessing or celebration at one of our buildings, following a civil ceremony at a Register Office. Go here for details.

Who runs Historic Chapels Trust?

The charity's unpaid Trustees have ultimate responsibility. Most of our buildings benefit greatly from the support of local volunteers.HCT has a tiny paid staff working from St Georges German Lutheran Church.

Can I see your accounts?

Certainly. Audited accounts for the last five years are available on the Charity Commission website and may be downloaded free of charge.