Introducing DHBT

Devon Historic Buildings Trust was formed in 1973 as a joint initiative with Devon’s Conservation Forum and Devon County Council for the benefit of the people of Devon and the nation at large to ensure a future for historic buildings and structures of particular architectural, historical or constructional interest.

Over the last 43 years DHBT has rescued 47 buildings of particular merit that might have otherwise been demolished or allowed to collapse and restored them for appropriate uses of today.

Proceeds from this work were then available for further acquisition and restoration. Over the years, with the continuing support from grant funds, supplemented by private and commercial donations and with careful stewardship, the Trust continues with its work.

DHBT is an independent body and consists of 8 to 21 trustees who hold board meetings 4 times a year and the trustees elect their own chairman. DHBT is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

The Trust consists of:

– up to 19 experts, ranging from construction engineers to architects to experts in conservation to others who simply have a passion for historic buildings bringing together a considerable knowledge about the conservation of our historic built heritage.

– up to 2 elected councillors nominated by Devon County Council.

Whats Next for DHBT

The changes that we have seen in the availability of funding for conservation work sees Devon Historic Buildings Trust moving in a new direction. We are moving away from the traditional buying and selling model and directing towards acting as a catalyst to bring together people who are enthusiastic about seeing new beginnings for our heritage.

We look forward to finding and working on interesting projects of any size which meet the aims of the Trust and ensuring that we preserve the heritage of ourcounty for future generations.

DHBT will continue to preserve the buildings of Devon for the people of Devon.