"Very interesting meeting all the other volunteers, there was a wealth of knowledge on tap." Places of Worship 2009 Volunteer

"I was very heartened to this variety of places of worship still being in active use. All the people we met cared for their buildings as best they could." Places of Worship 2009 Volunteer

"it was very enjoyable, and made you look at the buildings in a different way." Places of Worship 2009 Volunteer

Places of Worship 2009: Hackney and Tower Hamlets was made possible thanks to the help of our dedicated team of volunteers. The team of 25 volunteers was recruited through national amenity societies such as the Georgian and Victorian Societies, the Diocese of London and through the Building Exploratory’s network of local community groups, including the Senior Bees, the Building Exploratory’s older people’s group. Each volunteer brought with them a unique set of skills and experiences and each took responsibility for visiting and carrying out the surveys for a number of buildings.

Volunteer Training

In order to equip volunteers to successfully conduct the surveys a training day was held providing volunteers with access to an expert team of professionals from the Churches Conservation Trust and English Heritage. Building visits to St Chad’s and St Leonard’s, two grade one listed churches in Hackney, presented volunteers with the opportunity to assess the condition and significance of each building with the support of the expert team.

For more information on volunteering for similar future projects please contact us The Building Exploratory.

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