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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

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AHF welcomes new North East Support Officer

Ruth Johnson

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AHF is delighted to welcome Andie Harris to the role of part-time Support Officer for the North East of England, specialising in Communications and social media. This is one of 8 freelance positions generously supported by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and Historic England.

Andie will be the first point of contact for charities and community enterprises in the North East wishing to rescue and reutilise historic buildings, particularly those that are at risk or to be transferred from public ownership. Working in collaboration with Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and other partners, she will take a proactive approach to identifying projects that could benefit from AHF support.


We now have a Northern Ireland-based Support Officer!

Ruth Johnson

Architectural Heritage Fund: Support Officer – Northern Ireland

AHF is delighted to announce that it has appointed a Northern Ireland-based Support Officer on a part-time contract, thanks to new funding from the Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Fund and the Pilgrim Trust.

This new role has been created to lead on the delivery of AHF’s Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage project in Northern Ireland. 

The project’s objectives are to: 

  • Provide more opportunities for voluntary sector groups to develop and secure capital funding for projects which will result in the acquisition and economically sustainable re- use of historic buildings, particularly in deprived communities.
  • Inspire new community start-ups in historic buildings, particularly in areas where there are low levels of social enterprise activity
  • Champion and showcase community enterprise through heritage in Northern Ireland.  

The Support Officer role is accompanied by a new small capacity-building grants programme (Project Viability Grants and Project Development Grants) targeted at priority projects which have the greatest potential to deliver sustainable community business uses within historic buildings. This combination of hands-on support and seed funding will help community enterprises set off on the right path and attract investment.

If you've got a project in Northern Ireland and want to find out more - get in touch!


The AHF needs a new Chief Executive - could it be you?

Architectural Heritage Fund

We are now able to advertise details of our Chief Executive role, which will shortly be becoming vacant.

The AHF believes that better places can be built through community enterprise. Historic buildings and places play an essential role in daily life, cultural identity and the economy. The historic environment can inspire creativity and enterprise, bring communities together, and make people happier about where they live.

The Chief Executive will have overall responsibility for the operational management of the AHF and, with the Board, devise and implement the organisation’s strategy. 
The ideal candidate will bring a broad range of experience of working with a board, leading and managing a team and managing a large budget.

The Architectural Heritage Fund has engaged Wild Search to advise on this appointment.
Anyone interested in applying should contact them to discuss the requirements further or apply by email ( including:

  1. A full curriculum vitae;

  2. A covering note of c500 words, setting out relevant experience and interest;

  3. Names and contact details of three referees.

Referees will not be contacted without the express permission of candidates.
For further information, or to request a Candidate Brief, please contact Poppy Bryanton or Florence Stanton at Wild Search on 0207 233 2215, or click here for further details.

Job opportunity - Director of Dunoon Burgh Hall

Architectural Heritage Fund

The AHF-supported Dunoon Burgh Halls regeneration project has a fantastic new job opportunity for a Director.

This newly-created post is a dynamic opportunity to lead an arts-led community venue, based in the recently transformed Dunoon Burgh Hall. This requires a Director with the ability to head up and energise projects, mobilise and establish working relationships locally and with the wider region, generate income and develop high-level arts and culture relationships. 
The Director will lead in all business, strategic and development aspects to deliver the five-year business plan and to continue the development of the on-going, inspired arts programme. The successful candidate will strengthen relationships with funders and stakeholders, lead and manage the operating team, align with the Board on performance targets, as well as continuing to develop community and partnering relationships. 
Strong commercial, financial, organisation and communication skills are required, as well as the ability to consider broader social issues. Knowledge/experience of visual and performing arts is an important asset.

Full job description and applicant’s pack can be found at:
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Submit covering letter, C.V. and a personal statement to: by 22nd May 2017.  Interviews will be held on either 31st May or 1st June 2017 in Dunoon.

Docomomo UK Day Conference - Listing Modern Architecture

Architectural Heritage Fund

Modern buildings - particularly post-war ones - have had a fascinating and at times controversial relationship with the listing process. At a time when the architectural legacy of the recent past is more in the public spotlight than ever, and the capacity of local authorities and organisations to look after ageing building stock is coming under pressure, listing significant buildings from the 20th century was never more important.

Find out more at Docomomo's Day Conference on May 6th in London.


The Bright Ideas Fund is OPEN for English applications!

Architectural Heritage Fund

Round two of the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open! 

The Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools you need to set up a community business.

The £1.85 million, two-year programme is already helping groups get their bright NEW ideas for a community business up and running, through a programme of tailoredcommunity business development support and early stage finance of up to £20,000.

Community business are businesses that are locally rootedaccountable to the local community, will benefit the local community and have a broad community impact. If your business idea sounds like it could be a community business, then this fund is for you!

Round two applications will be accepted until the 31 May 2017 from organisations in England only.

Find out more here

AHF Chief Exec Ian Morrison to take up new role as Historic England Head of Planning

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The AHF is sorry to have to announce that our Chief Executive, Ian Morrison, will be leaving the organisation in July this year, to become Historic England’s next Director of Planning. He will take over from Chris Smith who retires from that post in July. Ian will lead England's lead heritage body’s Planning staff across nine regional offices at a critical time for the historic environment.

Ian said: “I am thrilled by the prospect of returning to an organisation that I left 10 years ago to help lead its work on the protection and enjoyment of England’s historic environment. Yet, I am also very sad to be leaving the AHF, a charity that performs a vital role of helping communities repair and find new uses for historic buildings that they care about. The AHF has come a long way over the last few years, thanks to its exceptionally dedicated and talented staff and Trustees.”

As Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund, Ian has led a major programme of change and transformed our business into the heritage sector leader on social enterprise and investment. Ian previously worked at Historic England (then known as English Heritage) as an Archaeology Advisor for London and an Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Team Leader for the South West, before moving to the Heritage Lottery Fund and then to the Architectural Heritage Fund.

Recruitment for Ian’s replacement at the AHF will be underway shortly, and in the meantime it is very much business as usual for the organisation.

For any queries, please email or phone 020 7925 0199

Grant to raise Cemetery to Life

Harriet Roberts


Campaigners hoping to rescue and restore an historic cemetery chapel in Salford have received good news from the Architectural Heritage Fund. A successful grant application has been awarded £4,850 representing 30% of the funds needed for a study to work out whether the building could have a commercially viable future.

The Agecroft Cemetery Chapel Restoration Group became a constituted group in 2016 and having been successful in securing funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Salford community committees can now move forward with their commercial viability study and consultation work. They want to make the building available for a wide range of uses including a flower shop, café and meeting space.

The chapel has been vacant since 1985. It is one of a range of buildings located within the 45 acre Agecroft cemetery on Langley Road in Salford and was opened in 1903 to designs by the Manchester architects, Sharp and Foster.  The chapel features a mixture of arts and crafts, gothic revival and art nouveau elements.

Beryl Patten, a spokesman for the group, said that achieving the AHF grant was a crucial element in this first phase of the campaign. She said, 'Our long-term aim is to achieve a fully-restored and sustainable building with community access for generations to enjoy.'

Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said: ‘We’re pleased to support groups like this one in Agecroft who have the vision and passion to turn historic cemetery chapels into useful community spaces. The grant has been made possible with support from Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who also fund a team of regional support officers who provide advice for communities who want to rescue and restore much loved historic buildings.’

Life Lines for Salford Cotton Mill and Lincoln Friary Building in March funding round

Harriet Roberts

New Islington Mill, Salford

Historic buildings at risk across the UK including a listed cotton spinning mill in Salford and the medieval remains of a Franciscan friary have been awarded life-line funding by the Architectural Heritage Fund in the latest round of grants announced for March.

Over £65,000 of grant support is being given to community organisations and not for profit businesses aiming to rescue and regenerate sites of historic interest and community value.

The following projects have received Project Viability Grants from the AHF for professional support to assess the structure of the sites and to carry out options appraisal work to find out whether they can be restored to have new uses and commercially viable futures.

The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire was  awarded £5000 for Greyfriars in the heart of Lincoln City Centre between the medieval church of St Swithins and the Edwardian Central Library. The Grade 1 listed building is on Historic England’s at risk register and is believed to be one of the earliest Franciscan churches in Europe and the oldest friary building in England. The Project Viability Grant will fund an assessment of options for the sensitive conversion of the building and consider a range of management models. There will also be a community consultation scheme including pop up arts engagement activities and workshops, with a strategy for raising the funding required.

The Islington Mill Arts Club has been awarded a £5000 Project Viability Grant for the New Islington Mill in Salford, a Grade II listed cotton spinning mill saved from demolition and redevelopment. Funding will help the group to establish the cultural and heritage value of the building in the context of the existing mills and wider area and heritage of Salford.  The viability assessment will assess the proposed use of the building as a Live-Work space for creative industries based on existing market demand and assessment. The group aim to purchase and restore the building as one of the last remaining parts of the industrial heritage of Salford which has undergone rapid development and demolition. The project will include producing a prospectus outlining the vision of the group to secure support for the project.

Other Project Viability Grants awarded in March; Somewhere MCR for 103 Princess Street in Manchester (£1200), AGE UK Mid Mersey for The Mansion House, Victoria Park, St Helens (£2100), Richmond BPT for Yore Mill, Aysgarth(£5000), Kirkstall Valley Development Trust for Abbey Mill, Leeds (£5000), Langport Town Trust, Somerset for Langport Town Hall £3000), South Gloucestershire CVS for Whitfield Tabernacle (£5000), Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust for Cabbies’ Kiosk, Station Square, Dumfries (£1200) and Hinton Martell Village Hall who were awarded £750.

Greyfriars, Lincoln