The Somerset Building Preservation Trust
The Somerset Building Preservation Trust works to save the architectural heritage of Somerset its people and the nation as a whole. We work to save historic buildings that would otherwise be lost through dilapidation and neglect. They are then converted into a variety of uses - a tithe barn into a community hall, some 16th century almshouses into social housing, an 18th century Congregational Chapel into an area for the local community to enjoy exhibitions …… and much more.
Somerset Rural Life Museum
15th century Castle House (Grade 1 listed), which comes within the curtilage of Taunton Castle was completed in 2014. It was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on 22 April 2014. Working in partnership with the South West Heritage Trust and Somerset County Council, our current project is the renovation of the Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury. We are also currently supporting the renovation project at Halswell House in Goathurst, we are working with Mendip District Council and a group of Wells residents to help bring about the renovation of the Bishop's Barn, we are supporting the Minehead Development Group in their bid to find a sustainable use for the old Minehead Hospital Buildings and we are working with South Somerset District Council to find a solution to buildings in Fore Street, Chard which remain on the Historic England 'At Risk' register. See below for more information.
Very generous funding for this project was received from Heritage Lottery Fund (over £600,000), Viridor Credits donated £390,000 as "start up" funding, English Heritage granted £130,000, Garfield Weston Foundation gave £50,000, Somerset County Council gave £50,000, and large anonymous donations of £10,500 and £10,000 were received along with much appreciated smaller personal donations. We are very grateful to all our funders. With sufficient funding in place, our contractors (W Coombes of Ilminster) moved on site in July 2012 and completed at the end of July 2013. The ground floor is now open to the public to simply absorb its glorious history or get involved in adult learning activities. Castle House is now managed by the South West Heritage Trust in conjunction with The Museum of Somerset, further information can be found at: http://museumofsomerset.org.uk/.
FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT OUR VISITS TO HISTORIC BUILDINGS NOT USUALLY OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, CLICK ON "BECOME A MEMBER" - OR CONTACT -
Jane St John Webster, SBPT Secretary. Telephone: 07968 083741. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org