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17 Long Row, Belper

In this film (part of our 50th anniversary commission) Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust trustee, Barry Joyce, describes the approach the Trust took to 17 Long Row, Belper in the 1980s.

The capital works at 17 Long Row were supervised by Peter Knowles, who received advice and encouragement by two members of the County's conservation department (Barry Joyce and Marilyn Hallard).

The completed scheme was fitted out with carpets and simple furniture and opened as a 'show home', manned by DHBT volunteers, for several weeks.

This enabled the DHBT to demonstrate, by example, that conservation was not only desirable in wider terms, but could be made to work and not leave people out of pocket in any way.

The Trust also produced a 'How To' guide, giving advice on low-outlay conservation strategies etc.

The Trust was awarded a Civic Trust commendation for their work.

As part of our current The National Lottery Heritage Fund we're looking at how we can, once again, create similar guides focusing on Derbyshire related examples and approaches to retrofitting heritage buildings.


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