The SRCT is overseen by a board of trustees, advised by conservation specialists and a lawyer. Trustees are responsible for setting the overall policy of the organisation, determining strategic direction and maintaining financial strength. Trustees and advisers are selected for the skills and expertise they bring to the trust.
The operation of the trust is delegated to an executive director, assisted by a part-time administrator and a part-time community and education officer.
Lady Caroline Douglas-Home DL FSA Scot
Professor John Hume OBE CIES FSA Scot Hon FRIAS Hon FRSGS
Dr Tristram Clarke MA PhD (Chairman)
Jocelyn Cunliffe MA Dip Arch RIBA FRIAS MaPS FRSA
Dr Robin Evetts MA PhD IHBC
Simon Green MA FSA Scot
Professor John Richardson MA DPhil FRSE
James Simpson OBE BArch RIBA FRIAS FSA Scot
Rebecca Cadie BArch Dip Arch RIBA RIAS
Robin Kent BA Dip Arch MA RIBA ARIAS
Lyndall Leet ARIBA FRIAS
Brian Park BSc BArch ARIAS
Andrew Wright OBE BArch RIBA PPRIAS FRSA FSA Scot
DIRECTOR and COMPANY SECRETARY
Victoria Collison-Owen MA
Rosemary Mann BSc MSc
What we do
The SRCT identifies churches at risk through lack of use, closure, or sale. We assess them for their architectural and historical significance to see which are of greatest importance to Scotland’s heritage. Most churches will be significant in some way or another – not least to the people who have worshipped there – and almost all will be capable of being reused in a positive way.
We identify those churches which need our particular expertise because of their cultural value. Safeguarding the finest churches requires a careful balance of conservation and regeneration: protecting the most important aspects of a building and at the same time giving a new life and purpose.
The SRCT takes ownership of these important historic churches and works with the local community and heritage professionals to make strong social, cultural and economic assets. We build connections between people and place and create a sense of ownership and pride in the environment. We do this by devolving everyday care of our churches to local people while providing the essential support and expertise needed to maintain buildings of national importance.
At the core of what we do is the preservation of Scotland’s rich heritage, but the churches in our care are not simply museum pieces and we want them to be used and enjoyed by people. We also want to pass them on to the next generation to use and enjoy, and to do this our churches must be sustainable.
For some of our churches sustainability can be achieved through developing low-impact uses such as cultural and community events which work well alongside tourism. These require little or no physical changes can generate sufficient income for a small building that is in a good state of repair to be maintained. Other churches present a greater challenge because of their scale, condition or location. In some cases it may be necessary to adapt all or part of a building in order to achieve sustainability. This is always done sensitively and appropriately and on the basis of a thorough understanding of the significance of the church and its history.
The SRCT makes all its churches freely available to everyone to visit, learn from, and enjoy. We want our churches to be beautiful and useful places that make a difference to people’s lives no matter who they are.
Who we are
The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust (SRCT) was established in 1996 and is a registered charity (SC024407) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (SC162884). It is one of only five UK organisations recognised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as being dedicated to taking redundant places of worship of national importance into care. The SRCT is a full member of the Future for Religious Heritage - the European network for historic places of worship. The Trust is recognised by the Architectural Heritage Fund as a Building Preservation Trust (BPT), and is a member of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts (APT). As such, the Trust operates within the well-established framework of the BPT movement whose fundamental aim is the preservation and regeneration of historic buildings. Through APT, the SRCT is affiliated to the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) and is a member of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS).
The SRCT is a secular organisation that serves all denominations and faiths.
The SRCT does not receive statutory funding. Funding for the work of the organisation and the churches in our care comes from grant applications, donations, and legacies. Income generated by or donated to individual churches goes to sustain those churches and not for any other purpose.
If you require further information regarding the work of the SRCT or would like to make a donation to the Trust or one of its churches, please contact:
The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust
15 North Bank Street
EDINBURGH EH1 2LP
T: 0131 563 5135
M: 07780 682961
The Scottish Redundant Churches Trust
The SRCT is a charity that saves historic churches at risk. We work with communities to secure the future of their churches through expert conservation and creative regeneration.