The Poltimore House project aims to secure a sustainable future for this great house. The project is working to fulfil the Objects of the Poltimore House Trust, which acquired the house in 2000 and set up the charitable building preservation trust.
The vision and objects have not changed:
'To preserve for the benefit of the people of Devon and nation at large the building of special and architectural and historic interest known as Poltimore House in the County of Devon and its grounds and setting and any adjoining land or buildings which formed part of the Poltimore Estate.'
|Poltimore House - a vision of the future.|
The Poltimore House project aims to find new solutions to the many challenges presented by this great building and its landscape. The project works creatively with an increasing number of individuals, groups, and organisations. Supported by (among others) the Architectural Heritage Fund, English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Country Houses Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, The Georgian Group, the Exeter Historic Buildings Trust, the University of Exeter, the Shilhay Community, Exeter, as well as the people of Poltimore village, the Poltimore House project has become a major collective venture, now and for the future.
The Poltimore House project aims to support learning through all that it does. The Trust works with the Friends of Poltimore House and its many volunteers to make the house and grounds available to school and college groups, to those with special interests in heritage and the natural world, to those interested in craft and traditional building skills. The renovation of the 1908 Kitchens to an up-to-date Project Centre is part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to create facilities for our growing number of visitors, supporting the aim of the 'Access, Interpretation, Learning and Archive' project.
|Working with the University of Exeter on the Community and Landscape project is bringing a new focus on the Poltimore Estate and its people. A volunteer visit to Poltimore at the start of the project, Keith Weedon describes the sensory garden which the Friends are creating. See the project website, Poltimore Landscapes.|
The Poltimore House project aims to engage more communities, more volunteers, more arts and heritage groups, more schools, more charities, more visitors, to become known as:
- A significant visitor attraction for the growing audience for heritage buildings and historic landscapes
- A place which focuses education, training and research, to share knowledge and create opportunities for innovation helping communities and organisations secure a sustainable future
- An active and innovative learning hub supporting studios and workshops for arts, traditional crafts and the creative industries, making use of technologies and practices that maximise environmental benefits
- A venue for arts events – exhibitions, performances, music, theatre and crafts
- A venue for conferences, seminars, workshops and events
- A major contributor to local employment and to volunteering activities focused on sustainable living and the arts
- An inspiring meeting place where people can share ideas - people working with businesses, charities and within communities and learning organisations.
The range of projects which Poltimore will generate will bring Poltimore House and its grounds back to use as a resource for the local and regional community.Working together to achieve this combined vision the project will result in a lively and sustainable future for this extraordinary house.