We are extremely grateful to the following funders without whom this project would not have been possible: Allchurches Trust, Jerusalem Trust, Kirby Laing Foundation, The Diocese of London

Advisors and contributors 

The Explore Project is a partnership between the Association of English Cathedrals, the Church of England’s Church Buildings Division and Mission teams, the National Churches Trust, and the Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture (University of York). Oversight is provided by Revd Professor Dee Dyas (university of York); Canon Dr Paula Gooder (Chancellor, St Paul's Cathedral); Peter Graystone (writer and Lay Training Officer, Diocese of Southwark); The Revd Dr Stephen Hance (Church of England Lead for Evangelism and Witness); and Dr Louise Hampson (University of York), with support from The Right Revd Dr John Inge (Bishop of Worcester); the Ven Luke Miller (Archdeacon of London); Rachel Jordan-Wolf (Hope Together). 

We are also grateful to other contributors, including Sophie Jelley (Bishop of Doncaster); Chine MacDonald (Director of Theos and formerly Head of Community Engagement, Christian Aid); Canon David Stone (Chaplain of Brighton School,formerly Canon Precentor, Coventry Cathedral); Adrian Butcher (Meads Media, web content) and Catherine Butcher (editorial). 

Contributors of video content

The video clips have been compiled for us by IgniteCreative ( and we are grateful to the following for their permission to use extracts from their video content:

  • All Saints Church, Northampton
  • Christchurch, Spitalfields
  • Rev Lucy Winkett and The Cathedral Music Trust
  • St Leonard’s Church, Streatham and Watering Can Media
  • St Matthew’s Church, Westminster
  • The National Churches Trust
  • The Prayer Book Society 

Image credits

In addition to the images sourced from public image libraries, including Adobe and Wikimedia under Creative Commons licensing, but we would also like to thank the following for permission to use their images in this project:

  • Dee Dyas
  • Hull Minster
  • Laura Oxford
  • Louise Hampson
  • Patrick Gibbs
  • Messy Church
  • St Leonard’s Church, Streatham
  • The Bible Society (photographer Clare Kendall)
  • The Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral
  • The Church of England
  • The Dean and Chapter of Canterbury
  • the Dean and Chapter of Durham
  • The Dean and Chapter of Ely
  • The Dean and Chapter of St Edmundsbury Cathedral
  • The Dean and Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral
  • The PCC of Beverley Minster