Church Explorers

Discover the history hidden in plain sight

Bringing People Together to Explore Historic Church Buildings

Church Explorers is a network of people who are working to promote the architectural and archaeological importance of church buildings in Yorkshire. Together we aim to encourage members of the public to visit and value these wonderful historic buildings. If you would like to take part and join the network, sign up below.

The Church Explorers Network connects people working in churches to help them promote their building through a programme of networking events, training and skill-sharing. Together we explore the history and archaeology of our church buildings and discover how to make the most of them as a heritage asset for tourism and education.

The network organises and promotes an annual summer-long Church Explorers Festival from June to September every year. The festival celebrates the variety and richness of Yorkshire’s church buildings through a themed programme of website listings, open days, tours, exhibitions and events which are open to the public and encourage visitors to come and explore the buildings for themselves.

If you are a church leader, a volunteer or have an interest in interpreting and promoting the history and archaeology of churches in Yorkshire and would like to keep updated on what we do, please sign up to become a part of our network.

Church Explorers is a partnership initiative led by York Archaeological Trust, Leeds Minster, and The Borthwick Institute for Archives.

Upcoming Events



Church Explorers Workshops 2019

This content was originally sent to Church Explorers network partners as our Church Explorers April 2019 Newsletter. To get updates and news on the Church...
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Announcing the Church Explorers 2019 Summer Festival

This content was originally sent to Church Explorers network partners as our Church Explorers February Newsletter. To get updates and news on the Church Explorers...
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Church Explorers 2019 : Lost and Found

We are pleased to announce the theme for the 2019 Church Explorers festival :  ‘Lost and Found’. We invite participating churches to tell stories of...
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Yorkshire Churches Help Young and Old to Remember

Churches across the region are helping families recall the past lives of Yorkshire folk as they bring memorials to life in a series of free...
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Join the Church Explorers Network here.

Get in touch with us

Contact us if you would like to know more about the Church Explorers program:

01904 615504