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/ 18 January 2022

National Lottery grant welcomed by four Camden churches

The Camden 4 Steering Group is delighted to have been awarded a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to support a new and unique collaboration. The grant of £70,735, towards total project costs of £85,735, will pilot the enhanced impact of bringing together four closely linked parishes, known as the Camden 4. Holy Cross, Cromer Street (Grade II); St George the Martyr, and associated burial gardens (both Grade II); St Mary the Virgin, Eversholt Street (Grade II); St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square (Grade II). All church buildings are on the Heritage at Risk Register which is compiled and published annually by Historic England. The pilot project forms part of a wider review, intended to help the London Diocesan Fund understand how these places can play a larger role within the life of their communities.

The project seeks to understand and consult audiences, and attract local people and volunteers, to support the future of these heritage buildings, while also underpinning the resilience of each organisation. The findings will inform the development of major capital programmes of repair and refurbishment at each church building.

The project is calling for volunteers to champion this cluster of historic churches and help secure a sustainable future for each of them. Training, learning and mentoring opportunities exist for anyone interested in volunteering for a project that seeks to illuminate the stories and voices behind each of these local heritage sites.

The Ven John Hawkins, Chair of the Steering Group, and Archdeacon of Hampstead, said:

“The four Churches of St Mary Magdalene, St George, Holy Cross and St Mary the Virgin not only represent a significant contribution to the nation’s heritage but as active parishes within the southern portion of Camden, contribute so much to the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. This grant marks a unique partnership between these four independent parishes, as together they seek to strengthen their organisations, listen to new and existing community members, and consider the future use of each of their buildings.”

Kevin Rogers, Director of Parish Property, London Diocesan Fund:

“I am delighted The National Lottery Heritage Fund has supported this innovative and unique approach to the long- standing challenge posed by this cluster of churches which, while active, are all deemed ‘Heritage at Risk’ due to the condition of their fabric.”

Simon Buteux, Head of Partnerships, Historic England:

“The award of this grant is very welcome news!  Historic England’s ‘Future Strategy’ is about thriving places, connected communities and active participation, and this initiative will deliver on all three.  We look forward to working with ‘Camden 4’ to help this exciting project improve the management of these wonderful heritage buildings, engage with new audiences, and develop a strategy for the repairs needed to remove all four churches from our Heritage at Risk register.”

Stuart McLeod, Director London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund:

“Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, we are delighted to support this project which will see Camden communities help save and shape the future of four historic churches. Community spaces are incredibly important so it is very encouraging to see plans to involve as many people as possible, from those who already love the churches to those who are yet to benefit from them.”

 

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Notes to editors

 

Training, Learning and Consultation opportunities: to express an interest in any of the opportunities outlined below, please email: camden4project@nullgmail.com

 

Guided and mentored by the Engagement Officer, the volunteers will pilot a series of heritage activities that are designed to appeal to both new and existing audiences. They will be given training in understanding the rich heritage of the four buildings, in carrying out engagement with local people and in event organisation. Volunteers will also have opportunities to shadow the Business Plan Consultants and to attend training workshops.

In particular, the volunteer role will consist of

  • engaging with local people and community groups;
  • listening to the views of local people as part of the community consultation;
  • welcoming new audiences and visitors to the four churches;
  • sharing stories of these buildings and surrounding area in new ways;
  • helping organise open days/evenings at each of the four churches;
  • developing an additional heritage activity arising out of the community consultation.

  

Camden 4 Pilot: resilience & engagement

The project seeks to pilot the enhanced impact of bringing together four closely linked parishes to form a campus of nationally significant historic buildings, known as the Camden 4. The churches are all within the Southern portion of the London Borough of Camden, and a short distance from one another. They are: Holy Cross, Cromer Street (Grade II); St Mary Magdalene (Grade II); St George the Martyr and associated burial gardens (both Grade II); St Mary, Eversholt Street (Grade II). All are on the Heritage at Risk Register, and each organization and community has been detrimentally impacted by COVID-19. By adopting a more co-ordinated and collaborative approach during the Pilot, we aim to strengthen their capacity as individual organisations, improve the management of their heritage buildings, and identify the strategic focus of their outreach work. The project also aims to inform each organization about audience engagement, both in terms of identifying priority audiences, engaging new audiences and how this will help support the development of future capital projects.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund

 Camden 4 Cluster:

Holy Cross, Cromer Street, designed by Joseph Peacock and completed 1885.

St George the Martyr, Holborn: the church was built initially as a chapel of ease c1705 and overhauled by SS Teulon in 1868. Plaster ceiling attributed to Hawksmoor and Isaac Ware.

St Mary the Virgin, Eversholt Street, designed by father and son H and HW Inwood and built between 1824 and 1827

St Mary Magdalene, Munster Square, designed by RC Carpenter and completed in 1852.

For further information and images, please contact the Project Organiser, Alice Yates : alice.yates@nulllondon.anglican.org


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