ABOUT

Cultura is a distinctive ‘go to’ organisation whose USP is to enable people to be the essential creative force in shaping society and making places special through cultural heritage. Our projects are exemplars for sustainable development, supporting health and wellbeing and enabling people to make a positive contribution to their locality through volunteering, education, skills development and training. We’re to be found working in England, Scotland and across Europe.

For over 50 years Cultura has supported the values and traditions that shape our cultural town and landscapes. Our roots in civil society and public engagement in ‘place making’ evolved into productive reuse of landmark historic buildings, then supporting employability by investing in lifelong learning through traditional skills training. We participate in a range of European programmes and networks, in the last 20 years focusing on delivering climate heritage demonstration projects – sustainable relationships between people, place and environment. Our properties include two working watermills which complement historic and contemporary renewable energy generation. Our vision for the next 10 years is to strengthen alignment of Cultura’s credentials with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially cultural heritage’s contribution to climate action, adopting ESG (Environment, Social, Governance), thereby being true to our mission that ‘Here is what we make of it‘.

ABOUT

Cultura is a distinctive ‘go to’ organisation whose USP is to enable people to be the essential creative force in shaping society and making places special through cultural heritage. Our projects are exemplars for sustainable development, supporting health and wellbeing and enabling people to make a positive contribution to their locality through volunteering, education, skills development and training. We’re to be found working in England, Scotland and across Europe.

For over 50 years Cultura has supported the values and traditions that shape our cultural town and landscapes. Our roots in civil society and public engagement in ‘place making’ evolved into productive reuse of landmark historic buildings, then supporting employability by investing in lifelong learning through traditional skills training. We participate in a range of European programmes and networks, in the last 20 years focusing on delivering climate heritage demonstration projects – sustainable relationships between people, place and environment. Our properties include two working watermills which complement historic and contemporary renewable energy generation. Our vision for the next 10 years is to strengthen alignment of Cultura’s credentials with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially cultural heritage’s contribution to climate action, adopting ESG (Environment, Social, Governance), thereby being true to our mission that ‘Here is what we make of it‘.

PEOPLE

HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, GCStJ, FRIBA, Royal Patron
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, GCStJ, FRIBA, Royal Patron
Cultura Trust is honoured to have the Queen's cousin, Prince Richard The Duke of Gloucester as patron of the charity. 
The Right Honourable The Lord Beith, President
The Right Honourable The Lord Beith, President
Lord Alan Beith is President of Cultura.  Founder, former chair and current President of the Historic Chapels Trust, he is a keen supporter of heritage matters
Deborah Jenkins, MBE, Chair
Deborah Jenkins, MBE, Chair
A founder of Common Purpose and a non-executive director and chair in the NHS for 24 years, Deborah is passionate about place-making and manual skills. 
Adrian Banford
Adrian Banford
With a career in countryside management, post-16 education and rural development, Adrian brings expertise in heritage management and sustainability. 
Peter Candler
Peter Candler
Peter is a successful established business entrepreneur and Managing Director of Rivergreen Developments Plc, responsible for many award-winning commercial and residential developments. 
Torsten Haak
Torsten Haak
Torsten started his career as a journeyman cabinetmaker in Hamburg.  He then qualified in town planning, urban conservation and architecture and is now Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust. 
Celia Mackenzie
Celia Mackenzie
A qualified accountant and recently retired CEO of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners in Cumbria, Celia brings experience in financial management.
Barry Speker, OBE, DL
Barry Speker, OBE, DL
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Barry has practised for over 40 years in medical law and ethics, employment law, family law, property and immigration.
Graham Bell, FRSA, Director
Graham Bell, FRSA, Director
An international thought leader in cultural heritage management, Graham has led the Trust since 1995.

SUPPORT US

With the invaluable help of grants, we are able to carry out vital conservation work on the historic sites in our care, and to run volunteering, education and events programmes that enable people to get involved in our projects and work.

Individual donations, whether one-off for a particular project, or regular donations towards our core work, are another way of helping to ensure we can continue the legacy of the last 50 years of the Trust.

You can donate securely through our Cafdonate page:

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HOW TO DONATE

With the invaluable help of grants, we are able to carry out vital conservation work on the historic sites in our care, and to run volunteering, education and events programmes that enable people to get involved in our projects and work.

Individual donations, whether one-off for a particular project, or regular donations towards our core work, are another way of helping to ensure we can continue the legacy of the last 50 years of the Trust.

You can donate securely through our Cafdonate page:

DONATE

PEOPLE

HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, GCStJ, FRIBA, Royal Patron
HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO, GCStJ, FRIBA, Royal Patron
Cultura Trust is honoured to have the Queen's cousin, Prince Richard The Duke of Gloucester as patron of the charity. 
The Right Honourable The Lord Beith, President
The Right Honourable The Lord Beith, President
Lord Alan Beith is President of Cultura.  Founder, former chair and current President of the Historic Chapels Trust, he is a keen supporter of heritage matters
Deborah Jenkins, MBE, Chair
Deborah Jenkins, MBE, Chair
A founder of Common Purpose and a non-executive director and chair in the NHS for 24 years, Deborah is passionate about place-making and manual skills. 
Adrian Banford
Adrian Banford
With a career in countryside management, post-16 education and rural development, Adrian brings expertise in heritage management and sustainability. 
Peter Candler
Peter Candler
Peter is a successful established business entrepreneur and Managing Director of Rivergreen Developments Plc, responsible for many award-winning commercial and residential developments. 
Torsten Haak
Torsten Haak
Torsten started his career as a journeyman cabinetmaker in Hamburg.  He then qualified in town planning, urban conservation and architecture and is now Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust. 
Celia Mackenzie
Celia Mackenzie
A qualified accountant and recently retired CEO of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners in Cumbria, Celia brings experience in financial management.
Barry Speker, OBE, DL
Barry Speker, OBE, DL
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Barry has practised for over 40 years in medical law and ethics, employment law, family law, property and immigration.
Graham Bell, FRSA, Director
Graham Bell, FRSA, Director
An international thought leader in cultural heritage management, Graham has led the Trust since 1995.

SUPPORT US

With the invaluable help of grants, we are able to carry out vital conservation work on the historic sites in our care, and to run volunteering, education and events programmes that enable people to get involved in our projects and work.

Individual donations, whether one-off for a particular project, or regular donations towards our core work, are another way of helping to ensure we can continue the legacy of the last 50 years of the Trust.

You can donate securely through our Cafdonate page:

CAFDONATE
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HOW TO DONATE

With the invaluable help of grants, we are able to carry out vital conservation work on the historic sites in our care, and to run volunteering, education and events programmes that enable people to get involved in our projects and work.

Individual donations, whether one-off for a particular project, or regular donations towards our core work, are another way of helping to ensure we can continue the legacy of the last 50 years of the Trust.

You can donate securely through our BTmydonate page:

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PROJECT FUNDERS

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Gayle Mill, Mill Lane, Gayle, Hawes DL8 3RZ
T: 03330 034 007 | E: hello@culturatrust.org

The Trust is a company registered in England (01654806),
registered as a charity in England (513055),
and as a charity in Scotland (SC050330).

© Cultura Trust, 2022

PROJECT FUNDERS

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Gayle Mill, Mill Lane, Gayle, Hawes DL8 3RZ
T: 03330 034 007 | E: hello@culturatrust.org

The Trust is a company registered in England (01654806),
registered as a charity in England (513055),
and as a charity in Scotland (SC050330).

© Cultura Trust, 2022