Press Release

Ground breaking Council project to survey 500 listed buildings in north and south east Cornwall is awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant

05 November 2013

A ground breaking project which will see Cornwall Council working with local groups and volunteers to survey the condition of 500 Grade II Listed buildings in north and south east Cornwall has been awarded a grant of £18,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Cornwall Listed Buildings at Risk project is being led by the Council’s Historic Environment service who will train more than 25 volunteers from existing groups and societies to carry out the survey.

As well as the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, five local societies – the Cornish Buildings Group, Cornwall Archaeological Society, Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust, Cornwall Heritage Trust and Caradon Archaeology – are making financial contributions and / or directly supporting the project.

The survey will take place during November and December, with the project due for completion at the end of March 2014.

The main aims of the project include building on the wealth of public interest and support for Cornwall’s heritage; giving volunteers new practical skills, and enabling volunteers, building owners and the public to learn more about the quality and diversity of historic buildings and the risks that some of them face; and raising the profile of several voluntary groups.  It will also create a legacy of greater volunteer engagement in managing Cornwall’s heritage, and increase the capacity of groups to do more surveys.

“There are more than 12,820 Listed Buildings in Cornwall”said Nick Cahill, Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Information and Policy Team Leader. “These include milestones and bridges, churches and funerary monuments, industrial structures, domestic houses and commercial premises.  Over 11,874 of these are Grade II Listed structures which have never had their condition monitored.

“The project will be focusing on north and south eastCornwall as there has been significantly less investment in heritage projects and regeneration in this area than in other parts of Cornwall.  The 500 buildings are sited across a variety of locations, including one principal town and a number of smaller towns and settlements.

“Following the completion of the survey we will be able to identify possible solutions to those at risk and measure the resources needed to address this.”

Welcoming the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Edwina Hannaford, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning, said “This is very good news for Cornwall.  We are rightly very proud of our culture and heritage and this project will enable us to carry out a detailed assessment of the condition of some of our most historic buildings. This information can then be used to promote heritage led regeneration projects.

“As well as helping to raise awareness of the diversity and quality of these historic buildings, and the potential threats facing some of them, the project will encourage local groups and volunteers to work together to increase their skills and help protect our heritage for the future.”

Commenting on the importance of the award, Nerys Watts, Heritage Lottery Fund’s Head of South West said “Cornwall’s rich and varied built heritage is a key part of the character and beauty of the county.  By engaging local people in surveying and learning about some of the most threatened structures, this fascinating project will ensure that they continue to be cared for and valued into the future”.

Ends

Notes to editors

The Historic Environment Service provides comprehensive advice, information, research and leadership that enable Cornwall Council to fulfil its aims and objectives for Cornwall’s historic environment.

The archaeology, buildings, settlements, historic landscapes and seascapes of Cornwall are a finite and non-renewable environmental resource. This unique historic environment gives identity to our villages, towns and countryside, helps defineCornwall’s distinctive character, contributes to community pride and quality of life and provides significant economic, educational and social benefits.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.

HLF has supported over 35,000 projects with more than £5.5bn across the UK: www.hlf.org.uk.

For further information about the project please email the project co-ordinator Nick Cahill: ncahill@cornwall.gov.uk

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