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

Architectural Heritage Fund

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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

Heritage Trust Network is recruiting!

Ruth Johnson

Heritage Trust Network is pleased to announce that, thanks to Historic England
funding, it is looking to fill the exciting new role of Development Officer for

Job Title: Heritage Trust Network Development Officer
Salary Scale: c£30,000 per annum
Reporting to: Day to day line management by Heritage Trust Network Chair
Holidays: 24 days per annum plus 8 Public Holidays
Pension: Automatic Enrolment into a NEST Pension Scheme or another
Note: The post holder will be formally based at the Birmingham Head
Quarters’ of Heritage Trust Network though most work
undertaken will be of a mobile nature

The Heritage Trust Network (previously UK-APT) is the umbrella organisation of notfor-
profit organisations and individuals working to regenerate heritage assets for
communities. HTN provides support and guidance to its members through online
resources, fortnightly newsletters, regular area meetings and its annual conference.
HTN currently has a centrally based membership officer and six volunteer area
representatives across England.

The Development Officer post has been proposed as an enabling three year-long
English focussed initiative to better support and connect with those who are
engaged, concerned and proactive about the need to look after and address the
repairs, conservation and saving of historic buildings and sites in England.
The post holder will be responsible for ensuring the long-term sustainability and
resilience of the organisation by way of growing income streams, improved services
and partnership working. There will be strong emphasis on growing the membership
of Heritage Trust Network whilst building strong collaborations with others in the

The post holder will be required to:

1. Grow the HTN membership – establishing a larger and more robust core
income for the organisation and broadening participation in the network. The
post holder will also ensure that the services and communications for members
are maintained to a high standard as the membership grows and advise
trustees of any further investment required.
2. Promote the work of HTN and of its English members with a view to attracting
new legacies and fundraising.
3. Explore the potential of HTN to offer commercial packages and services that
would be of benefit to the wider membership
4. Increase the number of regular activities to strengthen the HTN network in
England, particularly in areas currently under-represented with the aim of
increasing membership thereby improving the resilience of HTN
5. Manage the HTN referral service by offering approved mentor support to
members through a targeted referral service.
6. Carry out research for the England specific areas of the digital toolkit to
understand the needs of the HTN England membership and to ensure suitable
signposting to available services.
7. Build collaborative partnerships with others in the sector by way of a series of
Memorandum of Understanding agreements in order to share resources and
explore joint projects.
8. To help will champion the repair and conservation of historic buildings and
their environments in England.
Requirements of the post:
• The ideal candidate will have project delivery experience and a broad-based
interest in historic building/ built environment matters.
• The candidate will have excellent people skills.
• The candidate will be a self-starter, well organised and fully able to keep
records in order.
• They must be able to work with a diverse range of people ranging from
professionals and funders to volunteers and community stakeholders.
• It is desirable that the candidate has experience of maintaining and
contributing to a Wordpress website, including the use of tags and Vimeo links,
and a good knowledge of Twitter and Facebook.
• Essential to the post will be the ability to scope out funding opportunities and
apply for, and manage, grant funding.
• An understanding of finance (using Excel) is desirable as is the role of
communicating with the Heritage Trust Network central finance co-ordinator.
• Writing minutes of various meetings as required.
• Representing HTN in meetings with statutory bodies, institutions etc.
• Occasional public speaking and media appearances.
• Working with community groups and other non-professional assemblies in
discussing and stimulating awareness of England’s built heritage.
• Assisting with advice for others’ projects development and advice work
associated with building projects as and when required.
Qualifications: Degree or equivalent qualification or demonstrable track record of
relevant experience.
Miscellaneous: Current full driving license. A car is not provided. A mileage
allowance is payable.
Timing of the post: Period to undertake this 3-year initiative to be commenced May
2017 to April 2020.
Application deadline: Midnight on Friday 28th April 2017. Interviews are likely to
take place during the first week in May.
Apply to: providing your cv and expression of

Cardigan Castle wins Channel 4 ‘Great British Buildings - Restoration of the Year'

Ruth Johnson

The new Channel 4 series, ‘Great British Buildings – Restoration of the Year’ had its first episode on Thursday 23 March, and featured the best restored buildings from the Georgian period across the UK. The heat winner, which will go forward to the final, was Cardigan Castle, a project that the Architectural Heritage Fund has supported since 2006.

The site comprises the extensive remains of the 12th Century Castle, Castle Green House, 43 St Mary Street, Ty Castell, various outbuildings, and the surrounding curtain wall.  The Castle accommodated the great, and first Eisteddfod in 1176 to celebrate its completion, and therefore occupies a special place in Welsh consciousness and identity. The AHF helped the Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust to secure the site by acquiring Ty Castell, a building next to the Castle entrance with a loan. However the Trust was also able to utilise AHF development funding to assess the options for re-use and prepare itself for applications to major funders. The Castle now offers visitor accommodation, a riverside restaurant and a summer events programme. It is set to be one of the largest tourist attractions in West Wales, boosting the local economy and bringing in new jobs.

Ian Morrison to be Key note speaker for Urban Regeneration International Symposium event

Ruth Johnson

We are pleased to announce that our Chief Executive Ian Morrison will be the key note speaker for the "Adaptive Reuse of Industrial Heritage in Europe and Korea" talk. This event will be held on 27th & 28th March 2017 at UCL and will aim to highlight the contribution of the adaptive reuse of industrial heritage to urban regeneration by focusing on several successful cases, methodologies and major policies in Europe and Korea. To find out further information about this event, please visit their website:

Thanks for the loan!

Harriet Roberts

Volunteers, Glenarm Visitor Centre

Volunteers, Glenarm Visitor Centre

‘You were the organisation that made it happen!’

Thanks indeed, from Maureen McAuley, a member of Glenarm Buildings Preservation Trust, Ballymena, County Antrim who recently paid back a loan from the Architectural Heritage Fund marking the completion of the finance part of their restoration project.

The Old School site in Glenarm has been transformed to provide a craft visitor workplace where anchor tenants, Steensons design, manufacture and sell jewellery. It is also now the site for the Glenarm Visitor Information Centre where the group offer unique heritage tourism activities and guided walking, developed with the assistance of Heritage Lottery Funding. There is also coach & car parking now available directly along the Coast Road, a signature tourist route.

The group applied for a £50k loan facility in the final stages of the building work which filled a VAT refund gap over the last two years. Maureen explained, ‘The loan facility took pressure off the project at an important stage of the work and without it, things simply wouldn’t have happened.’

'Andy Richardson from the AHF loans team came all the way from London to look at the area and took time out to understand the context of the wider impact of our project on the whole community, which was amazing.  He could see the vision.’

‘The AHF was there when I couldn’t get banks in Belfast to come and see the potential. The AHF showed faith and challenged others to do the same!’

Andy Richardson, Investment Manager at the AHF said, 'The loan we provided to cover the upfront costs of several aspects of the delivery stage of the project is an example of how a cash injection at a key time can help a project to make a timely start, rather than having to wait until all other funding streams are in place.

The AHF is often the only option for projects because the finance required to move things along is often at far too early a stage for mainstream lenders to be comfortable with. The AHF has forty years of experience of understanding the unique needs of such developments and can provide flexible, bespoke loan facilities for a variety of purposes.’


Glenarm visitor centre

Volunteers' zest brings new life to Orangery

Harriet Roberts

A magnificent early 19th century Orangery, that had become overgrown and disused, is on track to become a vibrant arts space for the local community thanks to a successful grant application to the Architectural Heritage Fund.

The Friends of Ingestre Orangery in Staffordshire are celebrating a Project Development Grant of £3,200 from the AHF to match fund £3,000 already received from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will pay for professional support to complete their business plan. Ingestre Orangery is part of a little known, but important estate of national historical significance, with 8 Grade I, II* and II listed buildings. The same family owned the estate for over 1000 years and contributed greatly to Staffordshire’s arts, culture and industry.  Now the Friends aim to use the space to deliver services to reduce social isolation and plan to work with local young people and families in nearby urban areas.

Gill Broadbent from the Friends of Ingestre Orangery said, ‘We are very grateful to the AHF for their help. They have supported us from the beginning of our project by providing grants together with invaluable advice and support from regional officers. We are very excited now we are almost at the delivery stage of the project”

Ian Morrison, Chief Executive of the Architectural Heritage Fund said: ‘Thanks to support from Historic England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and through a team of regional support officers we are able to help the Friends of Ingestre Orangery to care for and create a new use for a building of such important historic merit. This grant will empower the Friends who feel passionately about rescuing and restoring the space and making the Orangery an important community asset.’

Friends of Ingestre Orangery

Merkinch Welfare Hall opens to the public

Ruth Johnson

We have some exciting news!

On Saturday 18th March, Merkinch Welfare Hall will be open to the public. The project was supported by the AHF by a grant of £38,000 in 2011, and a loan of £160,000 in 2015.

The Merkinch Welfare Hall will provide a new home for the Inverness City Boxing Cub and the Merkinch Partnership.


Find out more here