Celebrating the future of heritage

Allchurches Trust joined friends and partners from the heritage sector at an iconic London landmark for an event to celebrate the launch of its new heritage grants programme.

Representatives from the first beneficiaries of the programme – Historic England, the Prince’s Foundation and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust – joined other heritage sector organisations and trustees and staff from Allchurches Trust for a drinks reception at Wellington Arch.

At the event, Allchurches Trust chairman, Sir Philip Mawer, explained how the new funding stream worth half a million pounds annually will help to build sustainable skills to care for the nation’s historic environment – both ecclesiastical and secular.

Tiva Montalbano from The Prince’s Foundation and Professor David Austin from the Strata Florida Trust then outlined their exciting plans to open an archaeological field school at a former Cistercian Abbey site of Strata Florida in Wales, providing training opportunities for those seeking careers in archaeology.

The Trust has also approved a grant of £114,000 to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) to fund two scholarships and an apprenticeship for three years. QEST chairman, Nicholas Crean, set out how the money will help ensure traditional British craft skills can be passed on to future generations.

To close the speeches, Chairman of Historic England, Sir Laurie Magnus, explained how Allchurches Trust’s grant of £471,000 over three years will enable Historic England (HE) to create six new Historic Environment Advice Assistant (HEAA) heritage apprenticeships.

Sir Philip Mawer said: "As a Trust, we are passionate about protecting the UK and Ireland’s rich history. Our new heritage grants programme invests in future generations so that all can continue to enjoy our great past." Heritage-event-for-web-2.jpg#asset:925