MIL-OSI UK Cities: Heritage experts discuss the creation of preservation trust to protect historic buildings

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Source: City of Stoke-on-Trent

Published: Wednesday, 15th June 2022

Heritage experts have today (Wednesday) come together to discuss the creation of a preservation trust to protect and re-purpose historic buildings in the city.

The event, hosted by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, saw around 30 experts discuss the specific task of identifying the opportunity and expertise needed to create the trust to help ensure that some of the most iconic, architecturally significant heritage buildings in Stoke-on-Trent are protected for generations to come.

The Heritage Congress heard from three guest speakers, Eilis Scott from Historic England, Matthew McKeague from the Architectural Heritage Fund and Carol Pryah from Historic Coventry Trust. The meeting will be available to watch on the council’s YouTube channel in the coming days.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage said: “Heritage has always been at the core of the regeneration of our city, and today we met with key partners from the area and beyond to explore the preservation of some of our historic buildings.

“Our attention is focused on halting the decline and ruin that many of our heritage buildings face and finding new purposes for them and plans to make them a success.

“The Heritage Congress was a technical workshop with experts focused on the task in hand. It took place because we are incredibly passionate about Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural heritage and are taking proactive steps to protect it. This is an issue that has not been tackled effectively in our city before, and there can be no excuse for it. The work being undertaken will be reported on and consulted on as it progresses and there will be every opportunity for people to engage in the process at the right juncture.

“The meeting was the first step to creating a partnership between the public, private and community sector to continue our mission to preserve and enhance our city’s heritage.”

In recent years, the city council, working with its partners and the community, has continued to invest in the city’s heritage and historic assets. Schemes have included bringing town halls back to life in Longton and Tunstall and restoring Stoke Town Hall; securing Heritage Action Zones in Longton and Stoke by working alongside Historic England; restoring historic features at parks in Hanley and Tunstall; renovating Albert Square in Fenton, and restoring the city’s iconic Spitfire aircraft.

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, infrastructure and heritage said: “Stoke-on-Trent has a vast amount of beautiful historic buildings that we want to see bursting back to life. The Stoke-on-Trent Preservation Trust will be the guardians of our city’s heritage, to protect historic buildings, landscapes and to have a sustainable future generating revenue from restoration projects and innovative development.”

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