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Ripon Cathedral invites applications for the post of Cathedral Archaeologist.

Applicants should be a graduate, or hold a post-graduate qualification, in archaeology or related discipline and have experience in the study of historic buildings, monuments and archaeological sites, especially relating to church archaeology.

For details please see the Cathedral website www.riponcathedral.org.uk

Closing date: 26th March 2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has approved the first stage and initial funding for the 5 year “Bats in Churches” partnership project, bringing together wildlife and heritage conservation and church organisations to save bats and protect churches.

The partnership includes Natural England, Church of England, Bat Conservation Trust, Historic England and the Churches Conservation Trust.

The £3.8 million ground-breaking project will:

  • trial and perfect new techniques to enable bats and church congregations to live together
  • build up professional expertise and volunteer skill to share the best solutions with hundreds more churches
  • bring together church communities and bat enthusiasts to create a shared understanding and appreciation of England’s historic places of worship and our rare flying mammals

Whilst small bat populations can occupy parts of a church without disturbance, in other cases bats can pose severe financial and social problems for congregations. At a time when churches are increasingly becoming community hubs with a diversity of events and uses, bat droppings can restrict activities, damage historic artefacts, cause hygiene issues and put strain on the volunteers who look after these beautiful buildings. In rare cases large bat roosts have even caused churches to close.

 

The UK has internationally important populations of bats, which are at risk, because of decreases in woodland where some species hunt for insects, conversion of barns, loss of natural roosting sites and changes in farming practices. Due to significant historical declines in bat populations in the UK, all bats have been protected under British law since 1981. Bats often use churches for maternity roosts and hibernation.

 

To read the full press release click here.

 

 

 

 


 

 

The 2017 awards organised jointly by The Church Times and Shrinking the Footprint, the CofE’s national environmental campaign, are designed to celebrate the many projects already underway and to encourage new ones.  More details about the catergories and key dates can be found on the Shrinking the Footprint pages.  

The floor of a church or cathedral can be one of the most significant features of the building. But how well do we understand the importance of a floor or the most appropriate way of maintaining or repairing it? Replacing an entire floor is a major undertaking that needs careful thought as to the impact on the fabric and visual appearance of the building. ChurchCare are therefore pleased to be able to announce the launch of a guidance note, developed jointly with the Society for the Protection of Ancient buildings, which addresses these issues in detail. To read more please click here for the guidance note.