How your Church could become a filming location

A Guest Blog by Dr Nancy Sheridan

Many historic houses, castles and cathedrals are used as filming locations for feature films and television dramas. However, the number of such locations is finite, and the media are always looking for new locations.  Churches, chapels and meeting houses could be suitable locations and this could provide a new source of income for places of worship. In a Guest Blog Architectural historian and adviser Dr Nancy Sheridan explains how her work for Heritage4Media could offer help to churches seeking new income to pay for maintenance and repairs.

Heritage4Media (H4M) recently carried out 5 years of exhaustive research assessing the impact of the media sector to the sustainability of our built heritage.

Great Expectations PosterThis research not only revealed the enormous economic benefits and the amount of cash coming into the heritage sector from the film and television industries, but also identified that there was no communication channel between the heritage and media sectors, despite a clear reliance between the two.

Hence historic building owners who needed income for repair bills, and film professionals who needed new spaces to push their creative boundaries, could not find each other. There are of course location agencies that offer this service, however, the research also revealed that filmmakers are becoming far less able, or inclined, to pay vastly expensive location agency fees.

H4M is therefore now in the process of creating the most transparent communication network between historic buildings of all forms and functions, and the global film, television, and broadcasting industries.

Linking the media to buildings

H4M is absolutely not a location agency, i.e. we do not have vast databases of long forgotten clients, and more importantly, we do not charge the media fees for linking them to our buildings which is why we are being so well received.

Rather, we are a team of architectural experts and film advisors with a passion for sustaining our built heritage and the knowledge and experience to raise the profile of historic buildings to the media sector, particularly privately owned sites and ecclesiastical centres that often get overlooked in favour of institutionally-owned properties.

We recently met with the Head of Heritage Policy in Whitehall, and presented the findings of the research, and the aims and objectives of H4M, all of which were very well received. Equally, key individuals who run the guilds and bodies that represent the global filming industries are also fully engaged with what we are doing, and have described H4M as a “specialist”, “niche” resource that “will become a major addition to the international film industry”.

Help for your fabric find?

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However, there must be an element of proactivity in order to make this happen. Therefore if you wish to consider the media sector as a channel towards your fabric fund, please get in touch with Dr Nancy Sheridan at H4M on 01666 822436 / 07736 364722 nancy.sheridan@heritage4media.com, or Christopher Edwards on 07858 944438 christopher.edwards@heritage4media.com

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  1. Paul Tindall

     /  November 7, 2013

    Well done CCT. Goltho burnt down. I don’t believe that any other church in the RCT/CCT’s history has been burnt. Not a glorious witness to CCT’s present management.

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    • Dear Mr Tindall,

      Thank you for your comment on our blog. I have passed this on to The Churches Conservation Trust who care for St George’s, Goltho but because of data protection laws I cannot pass on your contact details. The Trust has responded as follows:

      We are saddened by the recent fire at St George’s in Goltho which was burnt down as a result of a strike by lightening. We are assessing the remains of the building and deciding what our next steps will be. You can find out more about what happened here http://www.visitchurches.org.uk/Aboutus/Latestnews/2013-10-23/Heartbreaking-fire-at-Goltho/, we are sorry that you feel this is a reflection on the Trust as a whole and would be happy to talk to you further about any concerns you may have, please do get in touch on the contact details below.

      The Churches Conservation Trust
      Society Building
      8 All Saints Street
      London N1 9RL
      T. 020 7841 0400
      E. central@thecct.org.uk

      Thanks again,

      Sarah Crossland,
      National Support Officer
      National Churches Trust

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      • Paul Tindall

         /  November 15, 2013

        I am well aware that this is the NCT blog, rather than something to do with the CCT. Thank you for passing on the CCT’s response. Btw, the usual spelling of my surname is Tindall.

        BW

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    • We are the National Churches Trust, not the CCT

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      • Paul Tindall

         /  November 15, 2013

        I tried to type RCF, the Redundant Churches Fund, predecessor of the CCT.

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