A landmark judgement delivered by the Court of Arches, the Church's most senior court, has affirmed that church treasures are part of our churches and our heritage and strengthened the presumption against sales of historic objects.
The case concerns the proposed sale of a rare 16th-century armet that is on loan to the Royal Armouries. Welcoming the judgement Anne Sloman, Chair of the Church Buildings Council said: "We are delighted that the Court of the Arches has reaffirmed the principle that Treasures from Churches, including those on loan to museums should only be sold in exceptional circumstances. This armet is one of an internationally significant collection of funeral monuments which have been lent for many years by parish churches to the Royal Armouries. As a church we are the guardians of a very significant part of the nation's heritage and we are pleased that the judgement has recognized that this is a responsibility we take very seriously."