The Heritage Trust®

The Heritage Trust saving Historic Buildings with Sustainable New Use

The Heritage Trust

The Heritage Trust® is a not-for-profit organisation that is based in Derby and is run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. The Trust was formed for the purpose of rescuing heritage buildings that have fallen into disrepair and are suffering from neglect in the East Midlands and the surrounding counties. By forming partnerships with local communities, businesses and volunteer groups, buildings that are at risk can be transformed and given a sustainable future. Often these buildings will then act as a catalyst for urban regeneration, bringing new employment and financial benefits to the surrounding area.

Modern and traditional methods are combined to allow for improvements that reduce energy consumption and the carbon footprint and that allow for long-term sustainable futures. Imaginative solutions are found that encourage local cooperation, allow for access for all and enhances the enjoyment of our architectural heritage.


Being a not-for-profit organisation allows The Heritage Trust to acquire funding from the Heritage Lottery, the Architectural Heritage Fund and other funding providers.  This funding is then utilised to explore viable new uses for redundant and neglected buildings with the aim of discovering long-term sustainable solutions.

Our latest project is the Grade II Bretby Art Pottery Showroom that is in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Once part of Tooth & Co who manufactured Bretby Art Pottery the building is now the last physical link to the former works and an important part of Swadlincote’s industrial heritage.


Many years of neglect has left this building in a very poor state of repair with damage from water ingress, vandalism and theft. Much of the historic fabric has now gone and what remains is deteriorating every day with the stage now reached where urgent repairs are needed to prevent total loss.


Since acquiring the building, we have completed an options appraisal with the local community being consulted and we are now on the verge of finalising a viable new use that will give the building a long-term future.


However, to put this plan into action we need your help with funds being required to take the project to the next stage and to find out more about ways that you can help click here.


The Heritage Trust is a not-for-profit organisation which is run by volunteers that helps to save historic buildings at risk. Our work will often involve us taking ownership of the building ourselves or by providing help and advice to others who have their own building rescue project.


Being staffed by volunteers The Heritage Trust relies on donations and fundraising to cover running costs and to help towards match funding requirements. We will always welcome any ideas from those who wish to fundraise on our behalf and we have several options available for those who just wish to make a straight forward small monetary donation. If it is a larger sum or if you would like to find more about leaving a funds via a legacy, then please read more.

Making a difference to the plight of our historic buildings at risk is one of the goals of the Trust but we are also keen to expand the knowledge of heritage and open up opportunities for getting involved.


Our trustees are all volunteers, with many of them being professionals in the historic environment and though working hard without financial gain they all agree that they are rewarded in many other ways.  


We are always looking for others who share our passion and have a little time to give.

Recent News

Latest Newsletter published - Download or read online. more

January  2018

We are Looking for a new Trustee - Are you passionate about historic buildings and want to help to save Heritage at Risk? more

Dec 2017

Bretby Showroom included in Heritage Trail - Our latest project is to be included in the Swadlincote Heritage Trail. more

September 2017



The Bretby Art Pottery Showroom

Please help us to save this iconic building