The Royal We(ather)

The Royal We(ather)

Posted on 14 July 2009 by Charlie

The Weather spent the afternoon at the Scottish Parliament as guests of Scotland’s Churches Scheme (SCS) for their annual gathering. The gathering was attended by a selection of the member churches, the board members and the organisations patron Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Launched in 2009, by The Weather team, the Sacred Scotland website opens the doors to thousands of Scotland’s churches of all denominations. 

The website allows visitors to find out about individual churches, the architects and artists associated with the churches and to view photos and information about current church news and events. The website also makes it much easier for visitors to find out when and how churches can be visited.

Through the website each of the 1200 churches that are a member of SCS have the ability to update their own information.

The website also provides powerful search functionality allowing visitors to search for churches based on geographic location, denomination, construction period and associated artists and notables.

The Weather were invited along to showcase the website that we had created for Sacred Scotland. This was a great opportunity to highlight how existing members are using the website and to encourage a greater uptake.

The main event took place as a series of talks within the Main Debating Chamber at The Scottish Parliament starting off with an introduction from Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP followed by Robin Blair, Chairman of Scotland’s Churches Scheme. This was followed by a speech from Dr Brian Fraser, Director of Scotland’s Churches Scheme, who summarised the achievements made by SCS during the previous year and praised The Weather for the creation of the Sacred Scotland website.

HRH The Princess Royal followed with her speech, highlighting the importance of members getting together from all over Scotland for the gathering. She also praised the hard work of the individuals in all the churches that are making information on their churches available to people worldwide through the website – a particularly hot topic during this year of the ‘Homecoming’. She also made the point that, not only did this site allow worldwide access but the site also ensured a home for this archive for future generations.

After the speeches, everyone made their way to the Garden Lobby in the Scottish Parliament. The Weather had a stand set-up with a plasma screen to showcase the website to the member churches and to talk people through the process of keeping their own pages updated with information, photos and events.

HRH The Princess Royal was introduced to Charlie Cutler (Director at The Weather) and discussed the website with him.

It was a great afternoon in the Parliament and a wonderful opportunity to get feedback about the work we had done and to see so many people so enthusiastic about the project. We also got some incredibly helpful feedback from people.


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