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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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Operation Heritage East Midlands

Architectural Heritage Fund

Operation Heritage East Midlands had a successful launch event in Newark (at the National Civil War Centre) on 7 November. A partnership between Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museum Development East Midlands, Locality and the Architectural Heritage Fund invited groups which are rescuing a historic building to come along and find out more about the process of doing that. 

The delegates heard an inspiring presentation from Sarah McLeod, director of Wentworth Woodhouse and former CEO of Cromford Mills describing how she became CEO at Cromford and sharing her tips for successful project delivery. Sarah is also Chair of Heritage Trust Network (HTN) and Benjamin Parker, Development Officer at HTN demonstrated the new online Toolkit, showing the stages of a heritage project, illustrated with case studies. 

There was lots of networking between delegates, sharing their stories, finding others with similar problems and discussing solutions. Trustees from different groups shared their experiences and highlighted the benefits  of being a trustee. 

Operation Heritage East Midlands continues over the next year with a series of workshops, focussed on specific topics (which were discussed at the launch) to enable groups to take their projects forward.