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Landmark Trust's 50 for free 2016

Landmark Trust is giving away 50 free breaks in 2016

Landmark Trust's 50 for Free 2016 launches on 1 October, with a deadline for applications of the 30 November. The Landmark Trust has rescued over 200 extraordinary historic buildings, now let for self-catering holidays to pay for their future maintenance. All are restful, inspiring and restorative places to stay. 50 for Free reaches out to those who might especially benefit from such an experience but might not otherwise be able to afford it. The cost to Landmark is being specifically met by a generous private donor.

Charities, educational and social enterprise/non-profit organisations are all eligible to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit Landmark Trust's website.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill project receives HLF support

North of England Civic Trust is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £1,379,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards its ambitious £2m project for the historic corn mill in Warwick Bridge.

Warwick Bridge Corn Mill dates from the early 1800s and is listed Grade II*. It has appeared on Historic England's At Risk Register for 15 years.

Links to the full press release and media coverage below.

Funding news: we have recently been awarded grants from Historic England, the Headley Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation towards the Corn Mill project leading us nearer to our ambitious £2M total for the project and enabling work to commence on site to protect the building from the worst of the winter weather. Our thanks to all who have supported us so far. If you would like to support our project please get in touch!

Heritage Skills Initiative Wins European Award!

Heritage Skills Initiative has won an EU/Europa Nostra Cultural Heritage award under the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category. The 28 award winners, selected from 263 applications submitted by organisations and individuals from 29 countries, are honoured for outstanding achievements in four categories: 1) conservation, 2) research and digitization, 3) dedicated service to heritage, and 4) education, training and awareness-raising.

Since its foundation, Heritage Skills Initiative has delivered 150,000 hours of training and engagement with over 37,000 people. Its activities range from Taster Days, master classes, lectures, conferences to a variety of tailor-made events; also there have been 11 building bursaries of over 6 months’ duration and 53 heritage engineering bursaries of 12 months’ duration. 91% of the engineering trainees continued into heritage and engineering employment. 40% of the participants for practical hands-on training are women. In addition, nearly 400 children between 13 and 15, from 25 schools, have taken part in the programme.

For more information about the awards and the other category winners, please see the press release below.