• Tavistock Heritage Trust

Tavistock Heritage Trust announces new chairman

Updated: Jan 19, 2019

At its recent AGM Andrew Main stood down as Chairman of Tavistock Heritage Trust to be replaced by retired architect Ian Penrose. Ian takes over as work begins on transformation of the Guildhall.

Funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund s to transform The Guildhall over the next 18 month from its redundant state into an interpretation centre for the town and hinterland featuring the World Heritage mining sites of West Devon and Cornwall.

The Magistrate's Court and robing room will remain and will be available for educational and community use when the conservation and restoration work is completed in June 2020

“Andrew has led the Trust through its important formative first year, leading the new organisation through complex negotiations with West Devon Borough Council for the VIC and Tavistock Town Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund for The Guildhall who are jointly funding the project,” says the Trust's Vice-Chairman, Ian Wright.

“He has also established good relationships with BID, Tavistock Chamber of Commerce and many other organisations who are now supporting the project. He, with the support of other Trustees, has worked to recruit further Trustees and volunteers to support the project. During its first year the Trust re-opened the Visitor Information Centre in Courtgate in August with a team of over 30 volunteers handling some 1300 inquiries in its first few six weeks.”

Inaugural Tavistock Heritage Trust chair Andrew Main, third left, congratulates new chair Ian Penrose with trustees from left Simon Hirst, Tom Graham and Geri Parlby.

The Trust is currently recruiting a Development Officer for the project and a learning and participation freelancer.

Ian Wright added: “As an architect, Ian Penrose brings the professional knowledge and skills that will be needed during the design and building stages over the next 18 months which will involve a range of conservation building and fit-out specialists.

“The Trust is grateful to both Andrew and Ian for their hard work, and commitment in getting both projects off the ground and establishing the Trust as an ambitious organisation with a passion to bring Tavistock’s heritage to life and to act as a Gateway to the World Heritage Mining Sites ”

If you are interested in joining the Trust as a volunteer, find out more on the THT website https://www.heritageintavistock.org/