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An invitation from the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust

On 2nd November 2018 at 2.30pm the Trust is delighted to welcome Dr John Chandler to present a talk entitled A SENSE OF BELONGING: the architecture of civic pride and community identity in Wiltshire.

From studying how the county has been governed, and the boundaries that have been drawn and repeatedly redrawn over the centuries to define local areas of administration, it is possible to make sense of the many civic buildings that have survived. Town halls, courtrooms, market buildings and workhouses reflect not only the sense of self-importance of the authorities that built them, but also the local pride of the communities that they were designed to serve.

Local historian John Chandler has a vast knowledge of Wiltshire and has written many books on the subject.  He was awarded a doctorate from Bristol was for research in late Roman history.  He trained as a librarian and ran Wiltshire’s local studies libraries for most of the 1980s before working freelance with archaeological units, as well as lecturing and writing.  Since 2001 John has been publishing books about Wiltshire and its region. He has worked for the VCH covering Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, where he was County and then Consultant Editor 2011-17.

 There is no charge and all are welcome.  For further information contact Colin Johns Architect to the Trust - cj@whbt.org.uk to let us know you are coming or simply turn up on the day.  The talk will take place at the Kerry Suite at The Bowood Hotel Spa and Golf Resort, Derry Hill, Calne, SN11 9PQ



One of our earlier projects, The Ostler’s House, before we started
The completed project (more projects)


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who we are

The Trust was formed in 1967 to celebrate the remarkable legacy of historic buildings in Wiltshire and to promote their conservation and reuse.

It is a Registered Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee established "to preserve property and buildings of architectural and historical interest in the county for the benefit of the nation".

what we do

The aim of the Trust is to rescue neglected or derelict buildings and provide them with a sustainable long-term future. To achieve this the Trust seeks to purchase buildings at risk, repair them and sell them on, using the proceeds of one project to finance the next.

Buildings that are difficult to reuse or expensive to repair are often unattractive to private buyers, especially where the cost of the work exceeds the value of the building on completion, and this is where the Trust can step in.

As a charity the Trust is able to access grants that are not available to the private sector or to local authorities. Similarly there are times when the value of a building and its potential are unrecognised and an independent assessment can open up unforeseen opportunities.

how to contact

For information on the work of the Trust contact
Colin Johns Architect - email cj@whbt.org.uk telephone 01225 868037

or write to the registered office of the Trust at

Goughs The Strand
SN11 0JU

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