Church plate is a collective term for church objects made of precious metals. Many parishes still use ancient communion vessels which provide a unique continuity of worship.
As a first step in caring for your church plate you need to identify which items are of high historic and/or artistic significance.
- The most significant plate is likely to be used only for special occasions. It will need appropriate security arrangements and specialist cleaning.
- Items of more modest value are often suitable for more frequent use and can be cared for by the informed non-professional.
This section will help you identify the signs of damage to church plate and understand the causes of damage. You will also find practical maintenance tips and guidance on how to address the conservation needs of historic objects.
This guidance note mainly applies to gold and silver items. However, most advice is also valid for other precious metals and alloys.