Heritage Trust Network is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered amazing heritage projects against all the odds. HTN is the new name for the Association of Building Preservation Trusts (UKAPT).

Their mission is to help others do the same. The Network operates throughout the United Kingdom, drawing together and supporting the work of local heritage groups, whether constituted as building preservation trusts, community trusts or social enterprises.
Heritage Trust Network, predominantly run by professional volunteers, provides an invaluable platform for members by way of peer-to-peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development. Their guidance and advice helps groups throughout the lifetime of their project from start up to post completion. Just as importantly, Heritage Trust Network also gives this extraordinary grassroots movement a united voice, representing their views to government and funding bodies.

Heritage Trust Network is here to help you ensure a future for all our pasts.

and then in alphabetical order…….

Ancient Monuments Society

The Ancient Monuments Society was founded in 1924 ”for the study and conservation of ancient monuments, historic buildings and fine old craftsmanship”. It is committed not only to campaigning for historic and beautiful buildings, but to furthering the study of them.

Architectural Heritage Fund

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is a registered charity which helps to repair and give new life to historic buildings of every kind throughout the United Kingdom. Since 1976, it has loaned over £30m to about 400 projects, and helped many others with grants and advice. The AHF is unique among heritage organisations. It does not undertake projects itself, but acts as a friendly bank manager, information bureau and agony aunt to other charities that do.

Bath Preservation Trust

The Bath Preservation Trust was founded in 1934 with the object of protecting the city’s unique architectural heritage. Its first action was to fight plans to pull down parts of the picturesque Georgian city of Bath, England, to make way for a new road. The road was never built. Since this victory, the Trust has saved hundreds more listed buildings from demolition, and emerged victorious from many similar threats to the city.

Bricks – A History

…..a pretty comprehensive history of bricks and the brickworks associated with brick-making..by Dave Sallery….search for local names for this area….did you know that there was a brickworks at Annesley?….where was it?….when did it close?

British Geological Survey

The British Geological Survey is a partly publicly funded body which aims to advance geoscientific knowledge of the United Kingdom landmass and its continental shelf by means of systematic surveying, monitoring and research.

British Sundial Society

The British Sundial Society was formed in 1989 and is a thriving and friendly Society of some 425 members. Its objects are to advance the education of the public in the art and science of gnomonics and the knowledge of all types of sundial; to catalogue and advise on the restoration of sundials in the British Isles, and to research their history. The BSS Library is held locally at Bromley House, Angel Row, Nottingham.

The Brooking Collection

For anyone who cares about the architectural history of Britain, the Brooking Collection is a vital resource. By preserving the physical detail of the UK’s built environment down to the smallest detail, it gives insights into everything from the craft of the artisan to the social layering of British society.

Building Conservation

1360 pages of essential building conservation information, including articles by leading authorities, contact details for companies, organisations, products and materials, details of courses and much, much more ….

Centre for Alternative Technology

CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life. Within this search the role of CAT is to explore and demonstrate a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.

Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches Conservation Trust is a national charity protecting historic churches at risk.
Since being established in 1969, it has saved over 340 buildings which attract over 2 million visitors each year.

Civic Voice

Civic Voice was launched in April 2010 as the national charity for the civic movement. Civic societies lie at the heart of all we do. Civic Voice works to make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive and to ensure everyone lives somewhere they can be proud of. A powerful voice promoting civic pride in a fast changing world is needed now more than ever.


The CPRE is a national charity which helps people to protect the countryside where there is a threat, to enhance it where there is opportunity, and to keep it beautiful, productive and enjoyable for everyone. Formed in 1926, it works for a beautiful and living countryside on behalf of present and future generations, and for the more sustainable use of land and other resources in town and country. With 43 county branches and 200 local groups backed by an influential national office in Westminster, CPRE is a powerful combination of effective local action and strong national campaigning, using established procedures and processes.

Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group

The Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group was launched in June 2013.

Membership is open to all individuals and groups that have in an interest in Cumbria’s rich building heritage.

The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust

The Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust was formed in response to preparations for the European Architectural Heritage Year of 1975 and by 1976 work had started on the Trust’s first project the Toll Bar Cottage Derby.

Design Museum

The Design Museum has become one of London’s most inspiring attractions. Concerned as much with the future as the past, a programme of highly acclaimed exhibitions capture the excitement of design evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

English Heritage

English Heritage is the Government’s lead body for the historic environment in England. It is responsible for protecting the best of this country’s unique legacy of historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites for the benefit of this and future generations.

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth is * The largest international network of environmental groups in the world, represented in 61 countries. * One of the leading environmental pressure groups in the UK. * A unique network of campaigning local groups, working in 250 communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. * Largely funded by its supporters. Over 80 per cent of its income comes from individual donations, the rest from special fundraising events, grants and trading.

The Georgian Group

The Georgian Group exists: To save Georgian buildings, monuments, parks and gardens from destruction or disfigurement, and where necessary to encourage their appropriate repair or restoration and the protection and improvement of their setting. To stimulate public knowledge of Georgian architecture and town planning, and of Georgian taste as displayed in the decorative arts, design and craftsmanship. To promote the appreciation and enjoyment of all products of the classical tradition in England, from the time of Inigo Jones to the present day.

Haggs Farm Preservation Society

The Haggs Farm Preservation Society were formed in March 1986, to encourage the preservation of Haggs Farm, Underwood, and to reinforce its vital importance to the early formative years of D.H. Lawrence’s development.

Historic England

Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. It champions historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Historic Houses Association

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents over 1,640 of the UK’s privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain’s unique heritage.

Hockerton Housing Project

The Hockerton Housing Project is the UK’s first earth sheltered, self-sufficient ecological housing development. Project members live a holistic way of life in harmony with the environment, in which all ecological impacts have been considered and accounted for. The residents of the five houses generate their own clean energy, harvest their own water and recycle waste materials causing no pollution or carbon dioxide emissions. The houses are amongst the most energy efficient, purpose built dwellings in Europe.


The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) is the professional institute which represents conservation professionals in the public and private sectors in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It has over 1500 members, divided between 14 branches. The Institute exists to establish the highest standards of conservation practice to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment.

John B’s Milldrawings

An excellent website with superb drawings of windmills and watermills from both the UK and other countries. John is a retired draughtsman/engineer who worked in the construction industry for over 50 years.

John McMahon School of Fine Woodwork

John has been designing and making fine furniture for almost thirty years. Over this time he has fitted out yachts and luxury aircraft at home and abroad. He has designed, made and fitted architectural joinery, built musical instruments and worked on historic buildings. For most of this time John has run his own business as a designer-maker. Since 2008 John has also taught woodwork. He is a fully qualified teacher and teacher trainer with an excellent track record of helping people of all ages and backgrounds to learn while having fun.

The Landmark Trust

The Landmark Trust is an independent UK building preservation charity which was founded in 1965 to rescue worthwhile historic buildings from neglect, and then to restore and let them for holidays. The income from letting contributes to their upkeep. There are now more than 160 Landmarks spread across Britain, four in Italy, and one in Vermont, USA. They include follies, forts, manor houses, mills, cottages, castles, gatehouses and towers.Ê You can stay in any of these buildings.

To mark the opening of their 200th building, Llwyn Celyn, for the first time the they are making each of their History Albums available online. They can be viewed here

Heritage Lincolnshire

The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire aims to assist in the conservation and enhancement of the historic environment of the county. The Trust endeavours to involve the local community and visitors by improving access to all aspects of this heritage, by offering opportunities to learn about the past and by organising heritage projects and events to celebrate the diverse heritage of the county. The Trust is supported by County and District Councils, national heritage bodies and through commercial activities and sponsorship.

The Maurice Barley Photograph Collection

Over 5000 prints and negatives accumulated over many years, catalogued by Historic England and dating from the 1940’s. The contents focus on vernacular houses and farmsteads of the East Midlands, some taken just before demolition.

Mercian Archaeological Services CIC

Mercian provide archaeology experiences, field schools, training, opportunities, education, heritage outreach, Community Archaeology for volunteers and groups throughout the East Midlands.

Mills Archive

The Mills Archive is a registered charity and aims to preserve and protect our milling heritage.
Preserve and protect records of our milling heritage, to make them freely available to the public.
To become the national centre of excellence for learning, understanding and research on mills, milling and the historic uses of traditional power sources.

seek and acquire historical and contemporary records of mills and milling;
store, care for and keep together collections placed in their care;
encourage research into our milling heritage;
make as much of their material as possible available for public inspection;
provide facilities for research and education at the Archive and on the Internet;
offer advice and support to collectors, promoting future deposits;
build close links with existing organisations holding mill material, with a view to sharing information and possibly resources;
actively encourage an interest in mills by developing and promoting education and information programmes based on local communities and on the need for lifelong learning.

The Modernist Society

Founded as The Manchester Modernist Society in 2009 by Jack Hale, Eddy Rhead and Maureen Ward, The Modernist Society is a creative project dedicated to celebrating and engaging with twentieth century architecture and design, through publishing, events, exhibitions and creative collaborations.

The National Trust

The National Trust was founded in 1895 by three Victorian philanthropists – Miss Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. Concerned about the impact of uncontrolled development and industrialisation, they set up the Trust to act as a guardian for the nation in the acquisition and protection of threatened coastline countryside and buildings.

Newark Archaeoloigical & Local History Society

Newark Archaeological & Local History Society was formed in 1967 to provide lectures, visits, and to keep a watching brief on the conservation of the Town.

Newark Civic Trust

Newark Civic Trust is a society for people who share an interest in environmental matters, with a specific concern for the built environment of Newark and its surrounding villages.

Newstead Abbey Partnership

Newstead Abbey Partnership came together in 2013 as a group of volunteers who rallied around to support Newstead Abbey, a place of romance, mystery and home of infamous poet, Lord Byron.

Newstead Abbey partnership is working with Nottingham City Council and World Monuments Fund Britain to fund conservation works to the building and increase awareness of and engagement with this beautiful historic house and its glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire.

Nottingham Civic Society

The Society is engaged in fighting for conservation and good planning in Nottingham, safeguarding listed buildings from demolition or neglect, celebrating well-designed new buildings and renovations, organising a regular and comprehensive series of guided walks in and around historic Nottingham, and publishing a range of books, pamphlets and maps related to Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire County Council

The website of the County Authority. The link is to the Environment Section. The heritage department has a wealth of knowledge and provides advice to local authority, community and interest groups, heritage professionals and members of the public. Local heritage can be promoted through outreach work, talks, publications and exhibitions. Heritage research is initiated through local and area based studies and regeneration encouraged through initiatives, grant schemes, sourcing of external funding and through links and partnerships.

Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust

The Trust was founded in 1986 and gave its first grants in 1987. It raises money to grant-aid historic churches and chapels in Nottinghamshire. It is non-denominational and can consider making grants to any Christian historic church or chapel in need of support.

Nottinghamshire Local History Association

…formed in 1953 to bring together people and organisations interested in all aspects of local history in the county.

The Orton Trust

The Orton Trust was founded in 1968 with the aim of encouraging the traditional stonemasonry skills used in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings. Its activities are based in a redundant church at Orton (formerly a chapelry of Rothwell), and a lecture room nearby, both buildings being near Kettering in Northamptonshire.

The Prince’s Foundation.

The Prince’s Foundation promotes a return of human values to architecture, the building arts, urban design and regeneration. It links ideas with practical action, drawing on a track record of teaching in the building arts and crafts, a key role in many urban regeneration and heritage projects throughout Britain, and a wide network of professionals, individuals and communities.


SAVE has been described as the most influential conservation group to have been established since William Morris founded the Society for the Protection Ancient Monuments over a century ago. It was created in 1975 – European Architectural Heritage Year – by a group of journalists, historians, architects, and planners to campaign publicly for endangered historic buildings. Through press releases, lightening leaflets, reports, books and exhibitions, SAVE has championed the cause of decaying country houses, redundant churches and chapels, disused mills and warehouses, blighted streets and neighbourhoods, cottages and town halls, railway stations, hospitals, military buildings and asylums.

The Sherwood Archaeological Society

A group of students attending a comprehensive two year course in archaeology in Mansfield in 1960 formed a society at the suggestion of the late Professor Maurice Barley of the University of Nottingham. After one or two hiccups the group created the Sherwood Archaeological Society in it’s present form, but it is entirely due to the inspiration of Professor Barley that the society exists.

Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology

SLHA promotes an interest in all aspects of Lincolnshire’s heritage
SLHA Activities:
Arranges lectures and other events about Lincolnshire’s history and archaeology
Publishes journals, magazines and books
Runs a bookshop in the heart of Lincoln
Facilitates research and fieldwork
Works with local groups throughout the historic county

Southwell Archaeology

This is the website of Southwell Archaeology, a community group dedicated to the exploration and preservation of the archaeology of the ancient Minster town of Southwell and its surroundings. Here you can find out about what they do and how to get involved in uncovering the history of Southwell and its past inhabitants.

Southwell Civic Society

Southwell Civic Society is a registered charity engaged in actively promoting high standards of planning and architecture in and around the historic town of Southwell. Their aim is to safeguard existing buildings of merit from demolition or neglect whilst celebrating well-designed new buildings and extensions.

Southwell & Nottingham Church History Project

The Church History Project aims to: establish a database of information on the 300+ churches and 100+ former churches and sites and to provide internet web pages for wider circulation help parishes appreciate their church buildings and provide booklets and information for visitors and tourists provide historic information to Church Architects, Archaeologists and Conservators to enable them to make proposals on maintenance and improvement of our churches in a more informed way promote church buildings as resources for schools and colleges enable family historians to seek out information by ensuring that records are properly protected and preserved


The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive ‘restoration’ of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

The Thoroton Society

The Thoroton Society is Nottinghamshire’s principal historical and archaeological society. It was founded in 1897 and named after Dr Robert Thoroton who, in 1677, published the first history of the county. The membership is world wide and includes individuals, libraries and museums in four continents.

Trent & Peak Archaeology

Trent & Peak Archaeological Archaeology (formerly Unit, Trust and originally the Trent Valley Archaeological Research Committee) was formed in 1967 to carry out archaeological research on the gravels of the river Trent. From modest beginnings the Unit has now expanded to a staff of 20, with additional part-time specialists and field-workers, and with local volunteers helping on selected projects. Working principally in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, the Unit also undertakes projects further afield and staff have worked in Europe and the Middle East. However, the emphasis remains on archaeological research within the region, and it is here that the Unit’s strengths and expertise lie.

The Vernacular Architecture Group

The Vernacular Architecture Group was formed in 1952 to further the study of traditional buildings, originally those of the British Isles. In recent years, its membership and publications have also reflected a growing interest in buildings from other parts of the world.

Members are involved in all aspects of the recording and study of vernacular buildings including:

Detailed local or regional surveys
Studies of particular types of buildings including houses, farms, industrial and urban buildings
Building materials
Techniques of building, including carpentry and masonry
Documentary evidence
The Group encourages communication between members in a number of ways:

A four day conference held each spring in a different region
A two-day winter conference with papers on one topic
A joint weekend school with Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education
Publication of a journal
A twice-yearly newsletter with notices of events and new publications
A library of offprints for circulation to members

Victorian Society

The Victorian Society is the national society responsible for the study and protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts. It was founded in 1958 to fight the then widespread ignorance of nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture. Among its thirty founder members were John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner.

last update: 29th October, 2018