Wycombe Heritage And Arts Trust

Wycombe Heritage And Arts Trust

Charity information

Wycombe Heritage And Arts Trust

Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust (WHAT) aims to engage the local and wider communities in an exciting and creative range of story telling and displays promoting a love of heritage, culture and the arts to enthuse, enlighten and inspire.

WHAT was asked by Wycombe District Council to produce a comprehensive heritage and arts programme to enhance the cultural life and learning of the local community in the Wycombe District serving the three historic market towns and surrounding areas of High Wycombe, Princes Risborough and Marlow.

WHAT was registered with the Charity Commission in January 2014 and is managed by a Board of Trustees from local organisations and backgrounds (see Trust page for information about Trustees).

The Trust is working closely with Wycombe District Council to define a suitable structure for the existing museum at the Castle Hill

Founded 2014

  • Mission statement

    We are taking a long-term, strategic view on Heritage and Arts and working in partnership with local Heritage partners, academics, artists and arts organisations - keeping community involvement at the forefront of our work. As we continue to invest in the arts and the important role it plays we will focus on five key development areas:

    1) Art and Artists as catalysts for innovation and engagement
    2) Pro-active communication using a range of media which provides easily accessible services for people
    3) Making things happen across a range of partnerships both through facilitation and leadership
    4) Developing a wider awareness and engagement whilst extending the services being provided enhancing the lives of communities and individuals
    5) Bringing energy, knowledge, ideas, resources and skills to this field of work in collaboration with a wide range of Heritage and Arts organisations who share our vision.

  • Aims

    Wycombe Heritage And Arts Trust aims to:

    • The Museum will present ambitious, outward looking and participative programmes based on Gallery displays reflecting core values of sustainability and shared cultural understanding
    • Through its programmes and displays it aspires to become the main focus for continuing informal education and cultural resort in Wycombe District and to be an inspiration to those of all ages who are engaged in formal learning.
    • The Trust see the Museum and other resources that it managers as a creative hub where ideas and partnerships flourish. The priorities are that through the Collections, the Expertise and the Innovation that the cultural development of the District may both be supported and developed. The museum and associated services would be both a portal for celebrating our local heritage and work in the creative arts and our national significance both locally, in the UK and also in the world,
    • Ensuring that there is something for everyone, the Trust seeks to engage and enthuse a diverse range of people who can learn about their heritage, celebrate their achievements and find inspiration and resources to shape their future.
    • Trust sees itself as playing a key part in contributing to the quality of life of local people and involving those people in both its activities and its ambition. The Trust aims that all stakeholders are both engaged and enthused in both the design and delivery as well as ensuring that best commercial practice is followed and partnerships are fruitful to all parties
  • Overview

    Established: January 2014

    Registered Charity Number: 1155456

    Board members: 7

    Volunteers: 15

    Phone number: 07956 183262

    Address: Jubilee Cottage Church farm Hughenden Valley HP14 4LB

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