Since 1973 the Norwich Historic Churches Trust has been responsible for managing 18 of the city’s medieval churches that are no longer used for religious worship.
A registered charity, the objects of the trust are the preservation and maintenance, for the public benefit, of redundant churches in Norwich which are of historic or architectural value.
The Trust has worked hard to find new uses for the churches in our care. Of the 18 all but one are currently tenanted, providing accommodation for many of Norwich’s most vibrant and innovative cultural activities. These include the Norwich Arts Centre, the Norwich Puppet Theatre, the Wharf Academy, the Stonemasons’ Guild and the Oak Circus Centre.
One of the Trust’s other responsibilities is to ensure public access to the churches which are an important part of the cityscape and the history of Norwich. Some are accessible on a daily basis while others can be viewed by appointment with the tenant. All of them are accessible during the annual Heritage Open Day (HOD) weekend in September when buildings across Norwich open their doors to the public. The Trust also puts on a varied programme of events during HODs at St Martin at Palace.
The Trust is based at St Martin at Palace, St Martin at Palace Plain, which provides office accommodation for our staff. It is also a base for our volunteers, the Friends of the Norwich Historic Churches and the Centre for Parish Church Studies and where a varied programme of events is put on during the year.