Information Technology

  • Churches,  Heritage,  Information Technology

    Membership Administration

    In March 2019 I took on the role of Hon. Membership Secretary for the Ecclesiological Society. At that time the membership data consisted of no fewer than 77 separate spreadsheets, representing its c. 1000 members. Each year since 2010 a new spreadsheet had been generated from the previous year’s, incorporating the current ‘active’ membership. Separate sheets listed those records removed each previous year. This number of spreadsheets resulted in a cumbersome records management process and made viewing a member’s history arduous and time-consuming. Additionally, with a multitude of duplicate records, GDPR compliance was almost impossible. All membership data have now been imported into a new bespoke membership management system, designed…

  • Churches,  Heritage,  History,  Information Technology,  The Churches Conservation Trust

    Kirk Sandall Then and Now

    St. Oswald’s church in Kirk Sandall, South Yorkshire has been a constant in an ever-changing landscape since its foundation, in years before the Norman Conquest. This church was built at the centre of a rural medieval community. The Industrial Revolution saw the advent of the River Dun Navigation Canal, which now provides a picturesque backdrop and a pleasant walk. The 1900s saw the development of the Pilkington’s Glass factory, completely enveloping the church, the factory becoming disused, redundant and dilapidated in the 1990s. For twenty or so years, the church suffered disuse and vandalism hidden in a blighted post-industrial wasteland, until it was rescued by The Churches Conservation Trust. New…

  • Churches,  Heritage,  Information Technology,  The Churches Conservation Trust

    Knowing the Numbers

    Historic-Church Administration System Posted on 9th December 2019 by Graham W Management information was essential when embarking upon the project to develop Holy Trinity Goodramgate into a world-class visitor attraction, leading to its status as Number 1 attraction in York on TripAdvisor within only a few years. Volunteers working on visitor-welcome duties could record invaluable information about those who came to the church. Volunteers cashed up the donations box daily, registered group visits, discerning between free-flow visitors, guide-led groups (fee-paying or otherwise), educational groups and pre-arranged visits. Retail sales in the small on-site gift-shop were also recorded, stock-control data being maintained by the program. It was invaluable for the accounting and banking of…

  • Churches,  Heritage,  Information Technology,  The Churches Conservation Trust

    A high-tech visitor welcome

    Early in 2018 I was presented with an operational problem. I had been asked to refresh the visitor notices at 107 historic sites in the ownership of The Churches Conservation Trust, no longer needed for services but historically significant and well-visited. Each site needed three separate notices. The first, to be displayed outside each church, advising visitors of opening hours, keyholder location (where the church was not already unlocked) and safety information – for example paths across churchyards can be slippery and uneven etc. The second, advising visitors of other churches within the organisation’s collection, which can be found nearby and the third being a welcome and safety notice to…