Where we have created an archive reference to a Place of Worship site on Canmore or Historic Scotland's Listed Building Database you can now click the reference to view the information in a new window or tab.
We have also added a Site Map.
Scottish Church Heritage Research (SCHR) is a voluntary organisation comprising individuals from various professions and backgrounds, with the aim of promoting understanding of this rich heritage of the people of Scotland. We run conferences,tours of places of worship, give talks to groups, hold training days and run the Places of Worship in Scotland Project. As a charity and non-faith organisation our projects are have been developed to bring to a wider public an understanding of all the places and buildings that have been used for worship in Scotland, regardless of faith, denomination or present condition.
We work with other organisations and have a Partnership Agreement with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland. We also have an Partnership with Glasgow Archaological Society, some of whose members are volunteers recording of places of worship in Glasgow and other groups are being set up. We do not receive funding at present, but depend on the goodwill of volunteers and occasional donations.
The Places of Worship in Scotland project is our main activity, designed to complete an illustrated Gazetteer, for publication on the Web and in book form. Places of Worship range from early Christian sites, through small rural churches to cathedrals, synagogues, mosques, temples and meeting halls. Some of these, such as Iona, date back to the earliest phase of Christianity in Scotland. Others are archaeological sites, some surviving only as place names,there are medieval ruins and buildings from the post–reformation years. The majority date from the period of population growth in the 19th Century and even today many new places of worship are being built. However, as church attendance is in decline in many areas, a number of religious buildings lie redundant and uncared for, or have been sold for other uses, reused as offices, pubs or housing.
SCHR recognises a need for a contemporary record of all these buildings and related places because the social and historic information associated with them should not be forgotten. Records of interiors are particularly valuable, as they represent the life of the church. The buildings and their history are important for today and SCHR considers it important to promote this aspect of the environment and heritage, locally and nationally.
The Web site is being compiled by a team from SCHR, assisted by many volunteers. The purpose is to create a national record for educational use by local communities, schools, congregations, local societies, family historians and researchers,in fact anyone with an interest in Scotland. It will be a record of the environment, heritage, exterior and interior of all the sites and buildings, rural and urban, used by communities of all faiths and which form part of the collective experience of the people of Scotland.