In the Market Square at the very heart of the city of Lichfield is St Mary`s Church, now also the home of the Lichfield Heritage Centre. This church is in fact the fifth one on this site since the first one in 1260, with the present building dating from 1868. With the gradual decline of the city centre population from the 1930`s onwards, this large church, built for a congregation of some 900 people, began to experience problems, and by the late 1970`s it was obvious something had to be done urgently to save this ancient church from redundancy and possible demolition.
The Lichfield Heritage Centre has become a major Lichfield and Staffordshire tourist attraction, being visited by people from all over the world. In addition, our excellent teaching and educational facilities have proved to be of great appeal and benefit to local schools and children. Our latest refurbishment, opened in November 2002 by our Patron Mr James Hawley TD, HM Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, has now made it better than ever, as shown by the increasing number of satisfied and most complimentary visitors throughout the past year.
The new Staffordshire Millennium Embroidery Gallery is proving to be of major significance which, together with all our other fascinating displays and attractions, as shown on our Web pages, makes a visit to this unique Centre a most memorable and rewarding experience with something of appeal for all ages.