Lincolnshire’s beautiful churches are to get a major boost thanks to a £48,800 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 

The funding will support Great Interpretations, a new project telling the stories of Lincolnshire’s churches being run by the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church support charity.

Churches are amongst the most important local buildings in every community, containing hidden stories and treasures. Thanks to players of the National Lottery, Great Interpretations will help people across Lincolnshire get to know their churches, record priceless treasures and promote their heritage to audiences far and wide.

Thirty-six churches, all part of the Horncastle Churches Festival, will be taking part in the Great Interpretations project.

Movie magic

High-quality videos and photos will be professionally produced for the churches, and will be accessible on the National Churches Trust’s church tourism website, ExploreChurches.

Training sessions will help people who care for churches to better promote their buildings, including training on church tourism, interpretation, publicity, photography, film making and more. Online recordings of the training will be available afterwards for other churches to share.

Guided walks and a coach trip will also be offered to show off the beauty of Lincolnshire’s churches to as many people as possible.

Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said: “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the Great Interpretations project in Lincolnshire. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are so important to towns and villages across Lincolnshire and are treasure troves of history and heritage.

“Local people across Lincolnshire will be able to shout out with pride about their fascinating historic churches. The project will also inspire visitors from across the UK to come and discover the county’s fabulous heritage and help boost the local economy.”

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said: “Churches are among the UK’s oldest and most cherished historic buildings, and can reveal a wealth of information about their communities. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we’ve invested over £850million to support and repair places of worship. I’m proud that we can continue this investment with the Great Interpretations project and help this group of Lincolnshire churches to share their rich heritage more widely.”

Further information is on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s website.

Details of a vacancy relating to this post are available here.