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The South West Heritage Trust

The South West Heritage Trust

Charity information

The South West Heritage Trust

The South West Heritage Trust is an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.

As well as the widely-praised Museum of Somerset and the current redevelopment of the Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, the Trust manages state-of-the-art facilities in Taunton and Exeter to care for the extraordinary archive collections of the two counties.

The Trust also provides essential advice about the historic environment and manages historic sites.

Founded 2014

  • Mission statement

    Our Vision
    We will celebrate and protect our rich heritage, helping everyone to enjoy it now and in the future.

    Our Mission
    Access, Learning and Enjoyment
    • We will help people from all backgrounds to learn from our heritage and be inspired by it.
    • We will encourage individuals and communities to get involved in our heritage.
    • We will make our heritage as accessible as we can and will promote research and understanding.
    • We will provide rich heritage experiences for everyone.
    Care, Conservation and Protection
    • We will make sure our heritage is excellently cared for.
    • We will build partnerships with funders and stakeholders to increase sustainability.
    • We will strive for excellent, ambitious and entrepreneurial services.
    • We will foster links between heritage, the arts, tourism and economic prosperity for the benefit of all.
    Staff and Volunteers
    • We will ensure that our workforce is skilled and diverse.

  • Aims

    The South West Heritage Trust aims to:

    • The advancement of education
    • The promotion of arts, heritage, culture and science including by the preservation and safeguarding of such land, buildings, objects or records as may be of historic or educational interest or signifi
    • To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities
  • Overview

    Established: November 2014

    Registered Charity Number: 1158791

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 58

    Part time staff: 38

    Volunteers: 250

    Phone number: 01823347411

    Address: South West Heritage Trust, Somerset Heritage Centre, Brunel Way, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset TA2 6SF TA2 6SF

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