Connecting with history and reaching community

24 MAR 2020
One of the finest examples of medieval ‘Doom’ paintings in Europe is to be displayed in all its glory thanks to a £2,300 grant from Allchurches Trust. 
Holy Trinity Church in Coventry will be swapping out the outdated projectors currently lighting the painting for more eco-friendly and reliable LED lamps. A ‘Doom painting’ is a traditional English term for a wall painting of the Last Judgment in a medieval church. 
The painting, which was created around 1435, has already survived centuries of poor preservation, including whitewashing and varnishing in the Victorian times! The new lamps will run at a fraction of the cost and give the church’s 25,000 visitors a year a clear view without causing damage to the delicate paintwork. 
Having first set up a soup kitchen in 2006, The Roman Catholic Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in Bradford now greet 80 people twice a week with a warm welcome and a warm meal. Allchurches Trust has given a grant of £3,500 to help make urgently needed upgrades to the Friary, which will improve the experience for its guests, many of whom are rough sleepers. A fully accessible toilet as well as a roof light to brighten the building’s interior will mean the Friary can continue serving some of the most vulnerable people in the city in a fully equipped and beautiful building.  
In Northern Ireland, St John’s Parish Church is transforming into a social and spiritual community hub after feedback from its congregation demonstrated a need for a more flexible community space.
The refurbishment will see currently under-used areas in the main church building transform into a welcome and drop-in centre, a quiet room for remembrance and reflection and a multi-purpose room with dedicated youth space. A grant of £9000 from Allchurches Trust will help the church create the space needed to host a number of socially and spiritually beneficial activities, as well as improve outreach work to the local community. 
Holy Trinity Church in Coventry's Doom painting
Holy Trinity Church's medieval 'Doom' painting
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