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The Somerset Building Preservation Trust

The Somerset Building Preservation Trust works to preserve the architectural heritage of Somerset for YOU and the nation as a whole.  Historic buildings that would otherwise be lost through dilapidation and neglect are restored.  They are then converted into a variety of uses - a tithe barn into a community hall, 16th century almshouses into social housing, an 18th century Congregational Chapel into an area for the local community to enjoy exhibitions …… and much more.   Our last complted project was the restoration of Castle House (Grade 1 listed), which comes within the curtilage of Taunton Castle. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund giving us in total some £600,000 for both the development and delivery periods of this major £1m+ project.    A very generous award of £390,000 was made by Viridor Credits Environmental Co which set the funding ball rolling;   English Heritage gave £150,000  and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£50,000;  Somerset County Council £50,000; an anonymous donation of £10,500:  £10,000 from private donations.   Click on Castle House in the content index to learn more!

Castle House

LATEST NEWS: SOMERSET HISTORIC WILLIAM STANSELL AWARDS 2018 FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN AND CONSERVATION!

The Award ceremony will be held in September 2018.  All entries are welcome.  Please contact our Secretary, Jane, secretary@sbpt.info for more information and an application form.  More details on our Willam Stansell page.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Somerset Rural Life Museum

Just completed is the refurbishment of the Somerset Rural Life Museum at Glastonbury. In December 2013 the SBPT took an 80 year lease on the Rural Life Museum at Glastonbury.  
 
The new look Museum has been completely re-modelled with a lift installed to provide wheelchair access to all areas and a new multi-purpose centre created in the old farm courtyard that can be used by visiting schools and for conferences, meetings and community events.  New kitchens were designed and installed so The Abbey Tea Roms offer delicious refreshments.  
 
The museum re-opened in summer 2017 and is run by the newly formed South West Heritage Trust.  More information can be found on the Rural Life Museum website at www.somersetrurallifemuseum.org.uk.

Dip into this site to discover all you want to know about the SBPT and how you, too, can become involved in its activities.

MEMBER VISITS

In 2017 we enjoyed three member visits to important and unique places. 

FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR VISITS CLICK ON "BECOME A MEMBER"

- OR CONTACT -

The SBPT Secretary: Ms Jane St John Webster, 14 Creedwell Orchard, Milverton, Taunton, TA4 1JY.   E-mail  secretary@sbpt.info.

We are very grateful to Viridor Waste Management who generously sponsored the creation of our web site.  It has meant that we are able to bring our news direct to you.