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Introducing Tricia - DHBT Heritage Training and Skills Coordinator

We're delighted to introduce Tricia Trice, who has joined the DHBT as part of our new The National Lottery Heritage Fund project (read more about that here:

Tricia is DHBT's part time Heritage Training and Skills Coordinator.

Her role includes supporting us in our mission to ensure traditional building skills training is incorporated into all our future projects.

She will also help us by sharing knowledge that will enhance the care of historic buildings in Derbyshire.

We asked Tricia a few questions to find out a little bit more:

Q. Welcome Tricia! Tell us where you live?

I live in Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

Q. Where are you from?

I'm from Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, which sits at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains on the East Coast side of the USA.

Q. When did you first become interested in historic buildings?

Growing up in Pennsylvania, I was always intrigued by older buildings - obviously not as old as the buildings in the UK - but they captured my imagination. I grew up in a house that had its original stone foundation and when I was ten, we had to completely gut our house and rebuild due to a house fire. During this process we discovered layers of history on the walls, which I found fascinating. When I moved to the UK in 2005, I loved that you could go inside and explore historic places. I always enjoy going to see historic houses and buildings, and I’m still captivated by trying to imagine what it would have been like to build or live in the places I visit.

Q.Where did you work before joining DHBT?

I worked at Cromford Mills, as the Marketing Coordinator, for just over five years before joining the DHBT.

Q. What first attracted you to the Heritage Training and Skills Coordinator role?

I liked that the role was a new position, based in Wirksworth, that was looking to create a programme to help teach skills that will ultimately protect historic buildings within Derbyshire.

Q. Outside of work, do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies?

I am always open to trying new things and have a lot of different hobbies. Most recently, I’ve taken part in a basket making workshop where I learnt about weaving willow. My family and I have recently been learning a lot of new skills since we became caretakers of a field just on the outskirts of Wirksworth. The field contains two stone barns that we are looking to rescue from dereliction. So, the last year has been filled with learning how to install fences, plant trees, understand the planning process and look after sheep.


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