On Tuesday 26 June the Bridport Area Development Trust hosted a meeting of the South West branch of the UK Association of Preservation Trusts (which has since been renamed Heritage Trust Network) in Bridport Town Hall.
The UKAPT (established 1989) acts as the representative body for Building Preservation Trusts in the UK. There are around 300 BPTs in the United Kingdom, and membership is open to charities whose principal objective is to preserve historic buildings. The Bridport Area Development Trust is a registered charity which includes as one of its principal objectives “the preservation of buildings or sites of historic or architectural importance “
“We have found the APT a very useful organisation and a source of considerable support and encouragement since joining in 2011. The meetings of the SW branch, which take place three times a year in different towns in the south West, provide a great opportunity to hear about the experiences and knowledge of organisations engaged in similar projects to our own. We welcomed the opportunity to act as hosts for the recent meeting.” (Charles Wild, Chair of BADT)
The meeting was chaired by Claire Donovan, from the Poltimore House Trust near Exeter, and received presentations from The APT’s UK Director, Dr James Moir, and from Liz Clare, who gave an informative update on recent reorganisation at English Heritage. Crystal Johnson gave an illustrated presentation about the restoration of Bridport Town Hall and the BADT’s own projects to restore the Literary and Scientific Institute, and a number of the delegates visited the two sites after the meeting. Both projects are featured on the UK APT website among conservation projects in the South West.