SHINE is a historical journey linking five of Northamptonshire's finest churches through a celebration of their unique heritage


What was Shine?

Shine celebrated the unique history of Northamptonshire through five of its grade I listed churches and the communities they serve. It incorporated a website, extensive workshop programme, volunteer training and development, and culminated in a series of five large-scale illumination events during September and October 2011.

The project was initiated by Northamptonshire County Council and was programmed for the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011, part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Who were the key partners?

  • Brixworth: All Saintsʼ Church and Brixworth Heritage Centre
  • Earls Barton: All Saintsʼ Church, Earls Barton Museum and Earls Barton Historical Society
  • Northampton: St Peterʼs Church (operated by The Churches Conservation Trust)
  • Rothwell: Holy Trinity Church and Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre
  • Oundle: St Peterʼs Church and Oundle Museum

What key outcomes did Shine deliver?

  • Increased the audience for heritage events in the county
  • Forged new partnerships and working relationships between community organisations and local schools
  • Created volunteering and participation opportunities for local residents and young people
  • Promoted local heritage to the people of Northamptonshire and further afield
  • Provided professional expertise to local church and heritage community groups
  • Purchased key pieces of equipment to ensure the future sustainability of partner organisations
  • Brought communities together to better understand and celebrate their shared heritage
  • Developed a website to showcase the projectʼs achievements and promote continuing public engagement in Northamptonshireʼs heritage