The Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. We've saved over 345 special buildings which attract almost 2 million visitors a year. With our help and with your support they are kept open, in use and free to all living once again at the heart of their communities.

Our buildings are the largest single collection of historic churches in the country, ranging from the virtually untouched medieval in idyllic rural settings, to ornately impressive Victorian in busy town centres. It includes ten challenging inner urban churches, which will need new uses and significant funds to survive.

Venue Type:

Campaign or initiative, Association or society, Sacred space, Architecture centre, Archaeological site, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open daily

Admission charges

Free entry to more than 345 churches, donations welcome

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Letter from Leeds confectioner James Easby to his vicar giving details of his son Norman Grant Easby who was killed at Passchendaele in 1917

Making a Memorial

  • 2 July 2016 — 1 December 2018 *on now

A free exhibition at the stunning 17th-century Church of St John the Evangelist, the oldest church in Leeds city centre. Making a Memorial remembers a community bound through marriage, friendship and a common place of worship, living through the First World War and its aftermath. Our story begins at the end of the war, in the winter of 1919, when the vicar of St John’s had the idea for a memorial to men connected with his church who had served in the war. After mentioning the idea in the parish magazine, the vicar received dozens of letters from parishioners asking for their loved ones to be remembered on the memorial.

Making a Memorial uses these fascinating letters to tell the stories of Leeds servicemen and their families. We look behind their names to uncover lives full of love and friendship, work and community, pride and sorrow. Discover stories of men lost and men returned home, of families changed forever, and a memorial left incomplete.

Also showing at St John’s this summer is the WW1-inspired art exhibition 14/18. The three artists from York Art Fusion explore themes of fact and myth in wartime experience, the angel sightings on the battlefield of Mons, and the place of animals and nature in the conflict.

Making A Memorial has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Church of St John the Evangelist
23 New Briggate

Getting there

Access through churchyard entrances on New Briggate and Merrion Street (through Merrion Street Gardens)

10 minutes on foot from Leeds Railway Station
Bus route numbers 2/3/3A/7/7A/7S/X7/36/48/770/771 (New Briggate)

Services and facilities

Additional info

Wheelchair access via Merrion Street Gardens


Free entry. Donations welcome.
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-3pm
(Check twitter @MakingAMemorial for updates)


The Churches Conservation Trust
Society Building
8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL




0845 303 2760

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