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Taylor Review Pilot

The Taylor Review Pilot will run from September 2018 until March 2020. It will explore some of the recommendations from the English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review.

The Taylor Review was commissioned in April 2016, reporting to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The review's aim was to examine the funding and sustainability of listed Church of England buildings and ensure that they are conserved for future generations.

Image of the interior of Cheetham St John the Evangelist showing pews, the nave and the altar.
The pilot scheme will focus on both urban and rural areas. © Historic England

Summary of the pilot

We're administering the Taylor Review Pilot on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The pilot is restricted to places of worship in Manchester and Suffolk.

The pilot will fund:

  • A project manager (based in Manchester, Cambridge or London)
  • 2 x fabric support officers (one each in Manchester and Suffolk)
  • 2 x community development advisers (one each in Manchester and Suffolk)
  • A minor repairs fund in the two pilot areas

The pilot is open to all faith groups who manage listed places of worship (PoW) and meet the eligibility criteria. This pilot aims to test the impact of fabric support officers focussing on maintenance and repair of historic fabric and community development advisers helping to increase engagement beyond the worshipping community in both an urban and rural context.

The pilot includes funding for the delivery of workshops aimed at promoting best practice in the maintenance of historic buildings and value of developing strong links with the local community. We will carry out a separate tender exercise to recruit a consultant to deliver these workshops.

The minor repairs fund aims to address the physical deterioration of historic fabric by encouraging a ‘stitch in time’ approach to doing urgent minor repairs to reduce the likelihood of a building becoming ‘at risk’.


The tender for the workshop element of the pilot is now open until Monday 2 July:

Applications have now closed for the project manager, fabric support officer and community development adviser roles.

Image showing the exterior of a rural church.
The pilot will engage with those who care for places of worship and focus on the importance of maintenance and strong links with the local community. © Historic England

English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review

We welcome the publication of the English Cathedrals and Churches Sustainability and Funding Review and look forward to working closely with the Government on this important agenda. We support the recommendation of a pilot phase to explore the benefits of carefully targeted resources and look forward to working with DCMS to develop this further.

We're glad that the review recognises the extraordinary efforts of local congregations to keep their buildings repaired and open. This vital service to the wider community and willingness to share the church has kept these buildings alive for generations and will underpin their future.

You can download the full review and read the DCMS press release on the GOV.UK website.

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