The Taylor Review Pilot tested some of the recommendations of the 2017 ‘Taylor Review: Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals’. The pilot focused on Greater Manchester and Suffolk to provide both urban and rural contexts. Completed in March 2020, advisory resources and useful templates developed during the pilot are available.
|Funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and managed by Historic England, the Taylor Review Pilot ran from September 2018 to March 2020. It had five key strands:
• Support and advice from a Community Development Adviser
• Support and advice from a Fabric Support Officer
• 16 workshops focusing on four different topics: maintenance, community engagement, project management, and advanced fundraising and business planning
• A Minor Repairs Fund for minor repairs or maintenance works
• Evaluation of the success of the pilot as a possible solution to some of the issues identified in The Taylor Review
The pilot was open to all faith groups who manage listed places of worship and met the eligibility criteria. The Community Development Advisers helped congregations to increase engagement beyond the worshipping community in both urban and rural contexts. The Fabric Support Officers provided advice and guidance about maintenance and repair of historic fabric.
The workshops promoted best practice in the maintenance of historic buildings and explored the value of developing strong links with local communities. The minor repairs fund aimed to address the physical deterioration of historic fabric by encouraging a ‘stitch in time’ approach to undertaking maintenance tasks or commissioning minor repairs.