Churches coming into SRCT care are often in poor condition and require extensive and costly repairs to tackle long-term problems such as damp and rot. Some churches are simply suffering from the effects of age and limited maintenance; others require major repairs in order to secure their survival. We assess all our churches and prioritise those in most urgent need.
Major repair and regeneration projects address all aspects of the physical condition of a building, and are carried out using best conservation practice. Traditional materials and skills are used throughout and we aim to make our projects exemplars that inspire and guide others. We have won awards for the quality of our conservation work, and for the way in which training has been incorporated to ensure that a new generation of craftspeople have the skills to care for the historic environment in the future.
Our projects also tackle other issues that can threaten the survival of a building, such as lack of use or loss of a connection with the community. Only by tackling all the threats in a concerted and creative way can we provide a secure future for our churches.
Closed and sold by the Church of Scotland in the 1980’s, Tibbermore Church came into our care in 2001 when it was transferred from the ownership of the Tibbermore Charitable Trust.
St Margaret’s Church, Braemar
St Margaret’s Braemar - A Centre for discovery, performance and enjoyment in the heart of the Cairngorm National Park
The project to conserve and regenerate Sir J Ninian Comper’s magnificent St Margaret’s Church, at risk for over a decade, is a partnership project between the SRCT and a local group, St Margaret’s Trust SCIO Braemar.
Cromarty East Church
We carried out the project to repair, conserve and regenerate the Category A-listed East Church - the historic place of worship of the Black Isle town of Cromarty - between 2008 and 2012.
St Peter’s Kirk
During 2003-4, we carried out the repair and conservation of St Peter’s Kirk on Orkney’s West Mainland. The £250,000 project was funded principally by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Orkney Enterprise.