Today the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust ((DHBT) has been granted £29,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to make possible a detailed study into how it can become more effective in today's economic circumstances and save more historic buildings at risk of dereliction or demolition. The DHBT was formed in 1975, since then it has rescued dozens of historic buildings, including Derby's Railway Cottages, Buxton's Thermal Baths and several buildings in historic Wirksworth, where its office occupies part of a 1631 building it rescued from dereliction in 1982. The study will look into how the Trust can modify its operation and strengthen its governance in order to enable it to organise projects and apply for funding to save more at-risk buildings in the county. It will also consider how it can more effectively engage with local communities and offer opportunities for training in the fields of building conservation crafts, architectural conservation, research and community action. Chairman of the Trust Derby Cllr Robin Wood said "We are thrilled to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the study will enable the Trust to start a new chapter, reinventing itself to operate more effectively in the twenty first century."
About the Heritage Lottery Fund Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about- from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk@heritagelottery