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Project information

Poltimore House: Getting the Roof On!

Our Big Idea is to renew the huge roof of Poltimore House - a spectacular historic Devon house with a big past and an even bigger future.
Poltimore House is a lively focus for its community of Friends, volunteers, children, students, artists and entrepreneurs for learning and creative businesses.

July 2010 - December 2011

Charity information: The Poltimore House Trust

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  • Need


    The project will solve the problem of the broken roof of Poltimore House. Ten years after the Poltimore House Trust took ownership of the rapidly-deteriorating building, and five years after it was safeguarded by a huge temporary tin roof, we now have support from English Heritage to start the repair of this Grade II* listed building by mending the roof, so long as we can achieve the match funding. Then we can restore the stucco Saloon of c.1740, the great stair and other fine rooms.


    The project will focus on raising funds for the roof - our first big problem. The award of £500,000 from English Heritage demonstrates the significance of Poltimore House, and the project viability to restore the House to good condition for 21st-century purposes. To secure that grant we need to raise £147,729. With community and learning projects now approved and grants applied for, we can confidently develop Poltimore for communities and participants to take the project into the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To secure funding to enable the Phase 1 roof project to be fully completed.


    » We will successfully take part in the Big Arts Give Christmas Challenge 2010 and achieve our targets.
    » We will work with Trustees and Patrons to plan a sustainable fundraising strategy to achieve this aim.
    » We will launch a sustained sequence of fund-raising activities from September 2010 - December 2011.
    » We will attract the attention of a number of generous donors who share our determination to complete the project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be..through achieving our Arts Challenge targets in 2010, and establishing fundraising strategy with new and committed donors to complete our project goal of £647,729.

    Aim 2

    To establish high-quality fundraising activities to provide confidence in the future project.


    » We will work towards establishing a professional fundraising capability with support of Trustees and Patrons.
    » We will develop partnership activities with other charities and non-profit organisations to establish mutually beneficial fundraising.
    » We will ensure a broad understanding of the benefits of the Poltimore House project – through, arts, heritage, learning and business networks.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...through establishing professional fundraising in line with the strategy. This success will feed into the broader aims of the project.

  • Impact


    With a new sound roof the repair and renovation of the House can begin, to enable high-specification communications, environmentally-friendly and sustainable services, with sympathetic interventions of modern design to enhance the historic fabric and enable adaptable uses and purposes. Success will be demonstrated through further phases of the renovation of Poltimore House, enabling new sustainable learning activities across our communities and sectors: only possible when the new roof is on.


    Current adverse economic conditions risk loss of confidence in the ambitious aims of the Poltimore House project. The major impact of the project will take effect in three to four years, when conditions have improved: a good argument for investment today.
    High-speed fundraising creates risk of exhausting known resources. Key to long term success is to broaden our base of support: fostering faith in the future of Poltimore for arts, heritage, innovation and creative business.


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email progress report on funds raised. The website will report in detail on the Phase 1 project progress, with up-to-date images and short videos. An annual report will be published on the web, with print on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £647,729

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      Amount Heading Description
      £97,407 Project development Investigation, analysis and enquiry, limited opening up works, specification of repair work required
      £550,322 Roof repair Repair of north and east ranges, including carpentry,stonework repairs and reslate throughout

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    English Heritage £500,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Poltimore House is 4 miles north of Exeter, a significant employment centre in the south west with a growing population. It is ideally located 10 minutes from M5 Junction 29, with close connections with national rail, Exeter Airport, University of Exeter and many organisation and corporate HQs. Set in amazingly tranquil grounds, Poltimore offers a great environment in which to bring together diverse communities of practice in the arts, heritage, enterprise, and the creative industries.


    The beneficiaries of this specific project will be the Trustees who can look to building the future of Poltimore House. Ultimately the project will benefit local communities, schools, colleges and universities, engaging with arts, heritage and history; also volunteer communities at Poltimore, including grounds and environmental development. Business leaders and employers will benefit from Poltimore’s development as an innovative hub, for new thinking, new practice, new learning, new skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Poltimore House Trust has responsibility for this amazing building and has shown commitment to creating a significant centre of arts, heritage and business for the communities of Exeter and the region. With 400+ Friends, commitment and support for Poltimore is shown through new community research and learning projects, with University of Exeter and HLF funding. PHT is committed to completing the new roof to foster donor confidence and secure our regional profile for high quality activities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Amy Coupland - Project Officer

    Events organisation, project management, publicity and marketing, contact and client liaison, research and administration. Focus on success.

    Professor Peter Totterdill - Trustee

    Building relationships with business and arts organisations; networking and communications with national bodies; strategy for future sustainability.

    Jonathan Wright - Trustee

    Relationships with University of Exeter and with local business and enterprise. IT and communications management for project, including web strategy.

    Dr Claire Donovan - Secretary To Poltimore House Trust

    Trust development; project relationships, coordination with professional team managing roof repair; grant applications; fundraising; administration.