The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) is the national charity saving historic churches at risk.
The CCT has saved over 350 buildings which attract almost 2 million visitors a year. Their unique collection of English churches includes irreplaceable examples of architecture, archaeology, and art from 1,000 years of history.They are kept open and in use – living once again at the heart of their communities.
CCT operates the third largest heritage estate in charitable ownership in the UK. All of the churches in their collection are listed, mostly Grade I and II *, and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.
The buildings they look after might have disappeared completely. Instead, they are enjoyed as cultural, social, tourism and educational resources, kept open, in use and living once again in the heart of communities. CCT churches remain consecrated and can be used for occasional worship. CCT care for more than 350 churches vested in them by the Church Commissioners of the Church of England, repairing the damage from sometimes years of neglect, and working with local communities to bring them alive again.
Their vision is for historic churches to be enjoyed by everyone as places of heritage, culture, spirituality and beauty and for the significant contribution they make to communities, society and the economy.