Heritage project

Holy Trinity Parish Church: Heritage at the heart of Sutton Coldfield

The church community is keen to share the many features of the building’s heritage, from the tomb of Bishop Vesey, through features of the building added since the thirteenth century, to memorials, rare woodwork and stained glass.

Holy Trinity Parish Church was thrilled to be  awarded a National Lottery grant for a project to run through 2017 and 2018. The £96,900 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award has enabled our Grade I listed church to interpret and share the many strands of its 700-year history with the whole community.

Part of the project is a volunteer stewarding scheme to enhance the church’s interpretation and extend its opening hours.

The HLF grant will also enable the formation of a new education programme, endorsed by local schools and the Sutton Coldfield campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Commissioned artists have worked with these schools and the College to design resources which support elements of the National Curriculum and further and higher education courses.

A further strand has been the creation of this website and of technology to enable the digitisation of historical resources both in and beyond the church.

This should enable visitors in person and online to experience all aspects of our wonderful building and to raise awareness in the local community and beyond of the rich heritage resource that is Holy Trinity Parish Church and conservation site, truly heritage at the heart of our historic and Royal Town.

 

Detail from the tomb of Bishop Vesey

Project management

A steering group which reports to the Parochial Church Council oversees the project drawing on members of the church congregation and local interest groups.  We are very pleased to have both Sutton Coldfield Civic Society and Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group represented on the group and partnering much of our activity.  We also have strong links to schools and other local groups and are members of the Birmingham Heritage Forum which is at the forefront of awareness-raising and support to its many and varied heritage members across the City.

The project is managed by a volunteer Project Co-ordinator from the church congregation.

Want to get involved?

There are a number of ways you could support our project.  You might come and take a look if you have never been inside before or perhaps not seen the church since the major re-ordering project of 2016-18.  Look at our calendar (What’s on ) to check when we are open.

If you would like to know more about becoming a steward, please look at our dedicated volunteering page.

If you need more information, please email Stella Thebridge, Project Co-ordinator, in the first instance on: heritage@htsc.org.uk

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