The EHTF conference at the Midland Hotel in Morecambe this June provides an excellent opportunity to explore some of the issues associated with community-led heritage regeneration schemes. The Grade II* Winter Gardens in Morecambe has the chance of a viable future now that it has been acquired by a Trust dedicated to its restoration. Now it has the opportunity to build on good practice achieved elsewhere in the North West region. Here, projects as diverse as the restoration of Gorton Monastery, the refurbishment of Murrays Mills in Manchester's Northern Quarter and BBC Restoration programme winner the Victoria Baths, have delivered innovative programmes of community-led activity and demonstrated the benefits of charitable Ëœthird sector' project enablers.
The well deserved success of these high profile community-led ventures, however, has not been achieved without personal sacrifices and herculean effort. Along the way they have had to overcome numerous pitfalls and taken high wire risks. Today, those with the vision and guts to start their heritage regeneration journeys face new hazards and obstacles as well as many familiar challenges.
To find out more, come along to the conference!
Peter Middleton Director L&R Consulting