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, The Borthwick Institute for Archives and York Minster.
Join us for a networking event to enjoy a mince pie, a mulled wine and some live music from harpist Sarah Dean at Barley Hall. Book your place here.
This will be a chance to chat with other members of the Church Explorers network and to hear from organisers about plans for Church Explorers 2019, including a special theme and a range of exciting skills-sharing and training events.
You will also have the chance to tour Barley Hall’s new Magic & Mystery exhibition, which explores popular beliefs about magic in late medieval England.
Contact us if you would like to know more about the Church Explorers program: