Derbyshire's Heritage at Risk

Having operated on the revolving fund model and been instrumental in the rescue of many buildings during its 40-year plus existence, the Trust recognised its need for change to work with the radically altered funding regimes that now exist in the UK. To facilitate this need for change an application for a grant under The Heritage Lottery Fund's - Our Heritage Programme, was submitted.


With funding from the grant and the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust’s own resources the project team will use 12 case study at-risk buildings from the Derbyshire area, to develop a suitable business model for the Trust which will facilitate the rescue of these buildings at risk. Knowledge which is gained throughout the study and from its conclusions will be used to strengthen the Trust and allow it to develop ensuring that it remains fit for purpose.


All of the buildings on the case study list will be analysed using a set of criteria which will measure the risk against reward, with this reward being not only a financial consideration, but also delivering outcomes which offer a benefit to people, communities and heritage. Early investigations will be made into the potential of each case study's ability to satisfy the outcome criteria using a matrix which has been developed by the Trusts Project Team. This initial stage will flag up the different approaches needed for each of the buildings with the individual requirements then being met by the role the Trust will play.


It is envisaged that these roles will include;


Total – the Trust will purchase or lease the building and take on the whole project.

Partner – the Trust will enter into a partnership with another organisation

Catalyst – the Trust will assist in the formation of a new group

Lubricator – the Trust will provide advice


It is hoped that the evaluation matrix once developed can be used to assist other building preservation trusts and groups in the early stages of their investigations into the sustainable reuse of buildings at risk and that lessons learned can help these organisations evolve to meet the needs of the new funding regimes. Dissemination of the ongoing findings and the conclusions gained will be made available at several events throughout the year and will culminate with an all-day conference towards the end of 2016.   


During the project the Trust will be working with several education providers from the local area and further afield to give students the opportunity to learn more about heritage and the methods used for bringing historic buildings back into use. Several education events are being planned including a residential summer school in August, full details of which are available here.


To keep up to date on the progress of the project please visit our blog and find out more about all of the events we have planned here.



Allestree Hall
Bath House
Belper Mills
Friar Gate Bridge
GNR Site
Derby Hippodrome
Rowditch Barracks
Smith's Clock Works
Spital Chapels
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