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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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New Support Officers Join the AHF

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The newly enlarged team of Support Officers, with Operations Manager Gavin Richards on the left.

The newly enlarged team of Support Officers, with Operations Manager Gavin Richards on the left.

At the start of October, we welcomed five new Support Officers to the team, thanks to additional funding from the UK Treasury and Historic England.

At grass roots level the Support Officers at the Architectural Heritage Fund are often the first point of call in the initial stages of a project starting up and becoming viable. They help community organisations to apply to the fund for grants for early development work and project planning, through to loans for acquisition and as working capital for project delivery.

The new team come from a wide variety of backgrounds and can offer specialist advice in areas such as business planning, property management, social investment and community engagement, and brings the total number of dedicated Support Officers across England and Scotland to nine.

Meet the new members of the team below.

The full list of Support Officers and their specific geographic coverage can be found here.




They join the existing team incorporating:

Gavin Richards (Operations Manager & Northern Ireland)

Gordon Barr (Scotland)

Josephine Brown (South West)

Tessa Hilder (South East, Hertfordshire, Essex & Suffolk)

Lucie Oakley (East Midlands, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Norfolk)

The new specialists joining the AHF are:

Karen Houghton (Yorkshire & Humber)

Harriet Roberts (North East)

Jess Steele (North West)

Elizabeth Perkins (West Midlands)

Daniel Rose (London)

Make a difference to heritage

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Two fantastic opportunities are currently open to people keen to contribute their heritage skills and knowledge. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund is seeking new members for its London Committee, which considers applications for funding in the city.  HLF is particularly seeking expertise in historic buildings and regeneration and industrial, maritime and transport history, as well as promoting inclusion within the delivery of projects and services and reaching out to the widest range of people.  The closing date is 3 October, with more information here:

The Society of Antiquaries of London is recruiting a Project Manager to lead the development of their proposals to restore the former country home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor and its estate, transforming the experience for visitors.  In addition to significant funding from HLF, the role is supported through an AHF Development Grant.  Further details can be found here:

The Theatres Trust is recruiting a Theatres Adviserto support theatres planning for or delivering capital developments, as well as groups that are yet to secure a building, and others involved in the operation of theatres such as local authorities.  Many of the these will be important heritage buildings, including theatres on Theatres Trust At Risk Register.  For details of the role, see

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards Shortlist Announced

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The shortlist for the second annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, which is funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, has been announced.

The AHF is delighted that two projects with AHF connections are on the list - in particular the High Mill Open Gallery Project at Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works have been shortlisted in the ‘Caring and Protecting’ category for their volunteer efforts towards the £2.9 million which brought a derelict building back into active use, as well as the conservation and display of previously unseen objects from the museum's collection. The AHF supported the project with a Project Development Grant of £25,000 towards a project organiser and professional fee costs.

In addition, one of the AHF’s own staff is also involved in the awards - the Support Officer for Scotland, Gordon Barr, is also a volunteer Trustee of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, which has been shortlisted under the ‘Sharing and Celebrating’ category for bringing back community and business uses to the Victorian-built Burgh Halls in Glasgow, as well as the safeguarding of an important collection of local history artefacts.

Other ‘Angels' also recognised include those behind the restoration of a memorial tower on Orkney, and a Borders-based project that has recorded Scotland's industrial brick makers are amongst those to have been chosen to go through to the finals of the 2016 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards. 

Highlighting a diverse range of voluntary activities and projects from across the country, the 12-strong shortlist also includes volunteers behind the recording of monuments within Dunfermline Abbey's Graveyard, a project exploring the history behind the once grand 18th century Castlemilk House and Estate in Glasgow and a unique film and digital project that encourages people to engage with archaeology and history in a new and exciting way in Dumfries and Galloway and further afield. 

Now in its second year, the awards, which welcomed over 50 nominations for heritage volunteers across the length and breadth of the country, the awards will once again recognise and celebrate the efforts of volunteers in helping to better understand, protect and value Scotland's heritage and history at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh, this October.

 Full details are here:

Power to Change Community Business Survey 2016

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Power to Change, the organisation set up to grow and support community businesses in England, has commissioned Social Finance to conduct research into the state of the community business market. They would love to get your input!

This research is part of an ongoing initiative by Power to Change to collect and publish in-depth, up to date information on community businesses in England, and identify market trends. The 2015 report can be seen online here.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, and aims to assess recent developments and measure confidence levels within different sectors of the community business market. The findings will help to build a comprehensive dataset on community businesses, and will inform the future development of Power to Change. To thank you for your time, you will be entered into a prize draw to win community business produce worth £50.

Click here to fill out the Community Business Survey 2016.


Society of Antiquaries of London secures HLF funding towards Kelmscott Manor

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Congratulations to the Society of Antiquaries of London!  They have been successful in securing initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major £6m project for the Kelmscott Manor Estate, William Morris's former home in Oxfordshire. 

The AHF has contributed a Project Development Grant of £10,000 toward the cost of work needed to develop the proposals.  The planned project will open up this extraordinary historic site to a much wider public, improving the experience for visitors and helping to ensure this special place and Morris's legacy can be enjoyed by generations to come. 

More here:

Heritage Trust Network Conference - 13-14 Oct 2016

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The Association of Preservation Trusts (APT) is officially relaunching itself under its new name of the Heritage Trust Network (HTN) at its conference in Birmingham in October. The theme of the conference is Extraordinary people, Extraordinary projects and over two days there will be a fantastic line-up of speakers and workshops giving strategic direction, practical advice and plenty of opportunities for peer support and networking.

The AHF is one of the conference sponsors, and our full range of Support Officers from across the UK will be attending to give one-to-one advice surgeries across both days, plus our CEO Ian Morrison will also be giving a keynote talk.

For full details of the programme, and how to book, see the website here:


Trust celebrating as work begins at Grade II* Heritage at Risk site in Bridport

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After more than 6 years of planning, Bridport Area Development Trust is about to start work on the restoration of the Literary and Scientific Institute building in East Street, Bridport, Dorset. The Grade II* listed building was previously the town library but has been empty and slowly deteriorating since 1997. It is currently on the national At Risk register.  

The Trust is scheduled to grant possession of the site to the contractor on the 22 August, and it is estimated that the restoration work will span a year, with the building open for business in Autumn 2017.

The AHF has provided support to the Trust since 2012, awarding a series of development grants, together with a grant of £200,000 toward the capital cost from the Challenge Fund for Historic Buildings at Risk.

Job vacancy: Programme Manager and Policy Adviser at HLF

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Our friends at the Heritage Lottery Fund are recruiting for a Programme Manager and Policy Adviser to manage their Heritage Enterprise (HE) & Townscape Heritage (TH) programmes, and to develop HLF’s heritage-led regeneration and place-making strategies to ensure that the Fund is able to respond purposefully and creatively to risks and opportunities in the operating environment.

Find out more and apply here.

AHF Impact Survey 2016 - Prize Draw Winner Announced

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[Photo: The AHF’s Ian Morrison presents David Johnston from Gracehill Old School Trust with a copy of our Strategy and confirms our donation of £1,000 towards the Trust’s charitable objectives]

[Photo: The AHF’s Ian Morrison presents David Johnston from Gracehill Old School Trust with a copy of our Strategy and confirms our donation of £1,000 towards the Trust’s charitable objectives]

The AHF would to thank all the many current and former clients who took the time to complete our Impact Survey over the summer. Your time and effort is very much appreciated. We’ve started analyzing the results now and there are already some quite interesting and encouraging responses.

Every active charity who responded to the survey was entered into a prize draw to win a one-off £1,000 donation towards their charitable objectives as a thank you for participating. After a random result was drawn, the winner was Northern Ireland’s Gracehill Old School Trust.

Gracehill in County Antrim is a planned Georgian village founded by the Moravian Church in 1759. It was Northern Ireland’s first designated Conservation Area and is the only complete Moravian settlement in Ireland. The closure of the primary school in 1999 prompted a local campaign to save the building. With support from the AHF, the Gracehill Old School Trust was established in 2002. AHF seed funding helped build the Trust’s capacity and develop its vision before it purchased the building with the help of a grant from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The Trust went on to secure over £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders. Today, the Old School, which dates from 1765, is home to an award-winning restaurant, several small businesses, community space and a restored 18th century classroom, all of which has helped to attract visitors to the village and created jobs. The Trust is now working on its second project, the Old Village Shop. 

A full impact report based on the data collected from the survey will be published as part of our AHF Annual Review later in the year.

Find out more about Gracehill Old School Trust here.



Job vacancy: Development Manager for Locality

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Locality have a vacancy for a Development Manager based in London and working across London and the South East.

This exciting role will suit a third sector, social enterprise or community enterprise development professional. They would welcome applications from a range of people with consultancy, business development, housing and finance experience and particularly the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

Check out their recruitment page for more information and to download the Job Pack -