Since fully training six tour guides throughout August and September, we’ve had a turbulent time with our programme to say the least! Despite national restrictive measures throughout November, meaning no tours or other heritage activities could take place, we have managed to deliver eight bookable tours with COVID-19 guidelines fully in place. Numbers were restrictedContinue reading “Tours”

August 2020

This month, at the Abbey, the Resilient Heritage team have been supporting the staged reopening and helping to develop opportunities in the post-lockdown world. These have involved working through our cafe reopening, exploring ways to develop our shop online, and beginning the process of socially distant tours. Coffee shop On August 1st our coffee shopContinue reading “August 2020”

July 2020

As some of you may know, the Abbey is now emerging into the new world after further COVID-19 measures were lifted. July, for us, has been about ensuring the Abbey is a safe place to both visit, work and volunteer. As of July 4th the Abbey was open for more than just private prayer, providingContinue reading “July 2020”


On the 23rd March 2020 Selby Abbey along with all other churches shut their doors to their congregations, visitors, clergy and support staff. Several questions were raised about what this meant for our services, youth groups, art classes, drama groups, choir, bell ringers, along with all our groups that use the Church, parish centre andContinue reading “COVID-19”

Project Beginnings

Starting a project during the Christmas period, in a church, was both exciting and challenging. The first month of the project consisted of meeting the team, creating a partnership with Selby District Council, settling in and beginning to create working relationships with the amazing volunteers who help the Abbey to run. During this period thereContinue reading “Project Beginnings”

Community Engagement Co-ordinator

Hi! My name is Grace and I am the newly appointed Community Engagement Co-ordinator for Selby Abbey. My main role at the Abbey is working on the 2 year Resilient Heritage project funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. Stay tuned to hear all about the project, and the amazing work being done by ourContinue reading “Community Engagement Co-ordinator”

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