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Heritage Trust Network Conference 2023

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) is the largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. NLHF believes that understanding, valuing and sharing our heritage brings people together, inspires pride in communities and boosts investment in local economies.

We are very grateful for the support of National Lottery Heritage Fund, who are funding this event as part of our Unlocking the Power of Communities programme. Find out more about the programme here.

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Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. We are working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.

We do this by:

  • helping to care for our historic environment for the benefit of people today and in the future
  • promoting the development of the skills that are needed to look after our historic environment properly
  • helping people to cherish and enjoy our historic environment
  • making our historic environment work for our economic well-being
  • working with partners to achieve our common goals together.
    Cadw is part of the Welsh Government’s Arts and Sport Department and is answerable to the Deputy Minister, Dawn Bowden MS.Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’.
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The Architectural Heritage Fund is a registered charity, working since 1976 to promote the conservation and sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK, particularly in economically disadvantaged areas.

They are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK.

Where a building is listed, scheduled, or within a conservation area or of acknowledged historic merit – and potentially involves a change of ownership and/or use – they can help with advice, development grants or loans. Could your project be next?

The AHF can offer advice, grants and loans to projects that have the potential to deliver substantial social and economic benefits where they are needed most.

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The Pilgrim Trust is an independent charitable trust that was set up in 1930 to support the urgent and future needs of the UK. Over the decades, we’ve supported a wide range of causes, adapting to the changing circumstances and needs in the UK.

We give around £3 million in grants each year to charities and other public bodies that focus on preserving the UK’s heritage or bringing about social change. Our aims are to improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and preserve the best of our past for the public to enjoy.

Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers is an insurance and risk management company. Their highly experienced team work with a number of heritage sites and museums and understand the unusual needs of Building Preservation Trusts. “If you are a heritage site, or have listed buildings, it is important to work with a company who appreciates the particulars of the claims process.  Potential rebuild times, the availability of particular materials, and specialist labour skills required along with the nuances of relevant interested bodies will all need to be considered when negotiating insurance protection.”

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Based in Manchester and Leeds, Buttress is an AJ100 architectural practice which has been providing award-winning services to the heritage sector for more than 30 years. The practice’s team includes conservation accredited architects and heritage consultants; offering a full service from stand-alone historic research and analysis, condition surveys and conservation plans, to fully integrated architectural design services.

 Buttress Architects are keen advocates for the development and preservation of heritage skills within the industry, and recognise the important role heritage trusts and community groups play in ensuring a sustainable future for the historic environment. This year they are sponsoring the conference drinks reception in the King’s Gate at Caernarfon Castle, where the Buttress team will have just completed a major redevelopment project for Cadw. The team will also have an exhibition stand in Galeri on Friday 18th November, visit them for a chat and to find out more about their projects.

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CT: Accountants Advisers are based in Edinburgh, London and Inverness and have provided Heritage Trust Network members with advice for over 7 years and have extensive experience in the BPT sector.

Trusts contact CT: Accountants Advisers at various stages of their project and queries can range from simply confirming current understanding to giving an approximate estimate on the potential VAT recovery of a project. The firm also provides advice to members on business plans, accountancy software packages and accounting practices.

No Ordinary Hospitality Management offers bespoke services to Trusts and owners desiring personalised and effective management solutions. Our skills and ability to adapt makes No Ordinary Hospitality Management a desirable option, no matter how small or large your venue. We understand that every property is different and we are not a one size fits all solution. We work with all types of property, from a 5* hotel to an independent café and anything in between. Our Portfolio includes , the grade 1 listed Coombe Abbey Hotel, St Marys Guild Hall in Coventry and the Historic Coventry Trusts visitor accommodation as well as cafes and retail outlets with Coombe Abbey Park.

Donald Insall Associates is an award-winning architectural practice and historic buildings consultancy, specialising in the care, repair, adaptation and conservation of historic buildings, as well as designing new buildings for sensitive sites. For over 60 years, they have pioneered a creative approach to conservation, centred on the belief that change is continuous and buildings are, in effect, ‘alive’.

Insall recognise the key role that the voluntary sector plays in the conservation and care of our shared built heritage and like to express the Practice’s thanks through supporting the Heritage Trust Network.  The Architects and Historic Building Consultants actively support the individuals and organisations providing frontline care for historic buildings.

At this year’s Conference, Donald Insall Associates are supporting local artists by sponsoring the performance piece that will be performed live on Friday 18th November by Cwmni Frân Wen.

Community Enterprise provides development support to social enterprises, charities and voluntary groups to help make ideas a reality. As a social enterprise themselves 100% of profits are re-invested in supporting the further growth and development of communities across Scotland.  They have been working in communities across in Scotland and across the UK for over 30 years, delivering work that makes a clear and obvious difference.

At our 2022 Conference Community Enterprise are sponsoring our entertainment piece on Day 1, our online event, by Cwmni Frân Wen. They are delighted to be able to support artists and introduce attendees to fresh talent!

Creative Heritage is a small, multi-disciplinary consultancy that seeks to help clients turn heritage liabilities into assets through conservation-led regeneration, creative re-use and constructive partnerships.

We particularly enjoy working with voluntary sector organisations because of the breadth of the challenges involved! From setting up a new Historic Buildings Trust for Stoke-on-Trent to working with the Richmond Burgages Pastures Committee established in 1853, we’re currently helping all sorts of groups with projects as diverse as a Victorian market hall, a very derelict racecourse grandstand, a canal boatyard and dry dock, a substantial textile mill and a historic high street action zone.

Director Kate Dickson has been involved with Building Preservation Trusts for over 20 years. She’s looking forward to attending the Caernarvon conference with four members of the Creative Heritage team. Creative Heritage is supporting a couple of bursary places, to help support potential future employees and associates.

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Christians Survey & Inspection Solutions’ aim is to be at the leading edge of survey & inspection solutions, delivering industry leading 2D & 3D data to our clients. With a wide range of experience delivering projects on the UK’s critical infrastructure through to working on the UK’s most important heritage buildings, we deliver a solution that works. Our team have delivered multiple projects on cathedrals  and churches, including photogrammetry models, measured building surveys and more recently BIM services.

Visit us at our exhibition stand to chat through how we can assist your project.

ORB Rope Access works on Heritage projects all over the UK, from general inspection, repairs and regular maintenance contracts, our IRATA Member company offers a discreet, cost effective and time efficient alternative to traditional forms of access (Scaffolding-MEWPS).

Working on Churches, Cathedrals, Castles, Towers, and many other listed buildings and structures, ORB has proven itself as an essential method of access to challenging areas and environments within the Heritage sector.

Combining industrial climbing and abseiling with steeple jack techniques and confined space skills our team can get up close and personal to the buildings and structures to carry out the required works to your specification.