Working independently and collaboratively to preserve, enhance and increase understanding of Perth and Kinross's historic environment
Since 1988 the Trust has been achieving a wide remit encompassing historic building conservation, archaeology, access to the historic environment and interpretation. Since 2000, this work has been driven by the mission statement, to conserve and promote the archaeological and architectural heritage of Perth and Kinross for the benefit of residents, visitors and future generations. In late 2016 the Trust began an organisational review, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Transition funding, which has culminated in a new and exciting strategic plan which sets out our vision, values and priorities for the future.
Our emphasis has always been, and continues to be, on a high quality approach, bringing economic, social and educational benefit while securing a future for Perth and Kinross’s historic environment.
We realise our vision and objectives through the development and delivery of projects, the administration of grants, the provision of information and advice, and a programme of outreach, learning and training activities.
Conserving our shared cultural heritage is important for many reasons: maintaining 'sense of place', providing a resource for learning and education for local communities, and as a driver for sustainable economic development through events and destinations for visitors and tourists. We believe the rich physical heritage of Perth and Kinross, in the form of archaeological remains and historic buildings and landscapes, should be enjoyed by everyone, and we aim to facilitate this through our projects and outreach events. Please explore our website to find out more about what we do and why we do it.
Find out more about our vision, values and priorities in our 2017-22 Strategic Plan.
As a local authority Perth and Kinross Council has a wide remit in relation to planning and economic development including managing and securing investment in the historic environment. The rich history of the area and quality of the historic environment is a major driver in attracting domestic and overseas visitors to the area and in contributing to communities’ cultural identity and sense of place. Continuing effective management and investment is therefore required to help support the tourist economy and maintain the cultural identity of the area and historic fabric of our communities as well as meeting the Council’s duties as a planning authority.
In terms of archaeology, Scottish Planning Policy (2010) and Planning Advice Note (PAN) 2: Planning and Archaeology (2011)outlines how Local Authorities aim to conserve the archaeological resource through the planning process and the Trust delivers an on-going service to Perth and Kinross Council with respect to their management of archaeology
With respect to Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas, the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the principal piece of legislation regarding Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas, supported by SPP23: Planning and the Historic Environment (2008). The statutory List of buildings considered of special architectural and historic interest is researched, compiled and maintained by Historic Scotland, however it is the Local Authority that administers Listed Building Consent, the permission to alter or demolish Listed Buildings. The Act also requires PKC to designate Conservation Areas, i.e. ‘areas of special architectural or historic interest the character of which is desirable to preserve or enhance’ and, importantly, ‘to formulate and publish, from time to time, proposals for the preservation and enhancement of any part of their district which are Conservation Areas’.
The Trust supports the discretionary powers and statutory duties of the Council in relation to the enhancement of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas by providing Historic Building Grants, to support the Council’s priorities for investment in the historic environment and investment in the public realm and public buildings in these areas .
The Gannochy Trust is a major grant awarding charitable trust founded in 1937 by Arthur Kinmond Bell, known as A K Bell, for charitable and public purposes for the benefit of the Community of Perth and its immediate environs as a direct result of his family’s successful whisky distilling business. A K Bell’s philanthropy has been developed into one of the more substantial grant-making trusts in Scotland. Originally, the Trust contributed to worthy charitable causes solely within Perth and its immediate environs. In 1967 a Scheme of Alterations was approved by the Court of Session to expand its grant-making footprint to the whole of Scotland, but with a preference for Perth and its environs. The Trust has made significant contributions to a wide variety of projects across Scotland over many years, ranging from major national flagship projects to smaller, but nonetheless important, community projects.It has been a major funding partner since the establishment of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.
Perth Civic Trust was formed in 1967 to act as a forum for those concerned with the future development of the city of Perth and its surroundings. This is achieved by stimulating public interest in the preservation of those buildings and neighbourhoods, which are part of Perth’s historic and architectural heritage, and by encouraging well-considered town-planning with a view to integrating the old with the new.
Sue Hendry (Chairman)
Gordon Butt (Vice Chairman)
Colin Longhorn (Treasurer)
Councillor Stewart Donaldson
Councillor David Illingworth
An archaeology graduate of Cardiff University, David has worked in historic environment management and recording at both national and local level in Wales, England and Scotland since the late 1980s. With a background in archaeological records with Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, he spent 8 years working in aerial photography and mapping, initially with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and then with Essex County Council, conducting new survey work from a Cessna across Essex, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.
Joining Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust in 2000, he established the Historic Environment Record and planning archaeology service for the area. As Manager since 2005 and now Director, he is responsible for the varied work of the Trust, focusing on regeneration through conservation, life-long-learning, and the development of 'citizen science' projects. He has developed and delivered a number of significant projects for the Trust over the last decade including the Carpow logboat, Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme, Glenshee Archaeology Project and Kings Seat Archaeology Project. Areas of expertise include project development and funding; partnership working and third sector governance; aerial photography and; the use of GIS in historic environment curation.
Sara Carruthers is the Historic Buildings Development Manager for the Trust and as such is responsible for delivering the Perth City Heritage Fund and related grant schemes, developing historic building projects with an emphasis on traditional building skills training, and assisting with outreach events such as Doors Open Day and the Perth Traditional Building Skills Roadshow.
Sara is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building and studied Building Conservation at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies in York. She has been working with historic buildings for over twenty years as both a specialist conservation contractor and as a consultant. Sara has a particular interest in Scottish vernacular buildings and the use of traditional materials.
Sophie Nicol is the Trust's Historic Environment Manager. Her main duties include the provision of a planning archaeology service to Perth and Kinross Council, and the provision of archaeological information and advice to agri-environment scheme applicants and members of the public. Sophie also maintains and enhances the Perth and Kinross Historic Environment Record.
A graduate from the University of Glasgow, Sophie worked in the commercial sector as a field archaeologist across Scotland for 8 years before joining the Heritage Trust in 2012 and undertaking various roles, including managing all of the archaeology and built heritage projects of the Tay Landscape Partnership Scheme.
Clare Henderson joins the Trust for 12 months as the Development Management Archaeologist covering the maternity leave of Historic Environment Manager Sophie Nicol. As such, her main duties will include the provision of a planning archaeology service to Perth and Kinross Council, enhancing the Perth and Kinross Historic Environment Record, and the provision of archaeological information and advice to agri-environment scheme applicants and members of the public.
After graduating from University of Newcastle with a Masters in Archaeology, Clare spent 6 years as a field archaeologist in the commercial sector, working predominantly in northern England. During this time she also became involved with the Bamburgh Research Project, a field school and community archaeology project based around Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland. In 2005 she was made a Director of the project which she continues in a voluntary role. In 2009 she joined the archaeology team at Durham County Council where she remained for over 7 years as the Senior Archaeologist providing planning advice on heritage issues. Her principle interests include industrial and 20th century heritage.
Gavin is our Research and Engagement Officer with responsibility for developing the Regional Archaeological Research Framework for Perth & Kinross, and delivering outreach activities for the Perth City Heritage Fund. He helps promote the work of the Trust and encourages engagement with the Historic Environment through our projects such as King's Seat. Gavin also manages the sale and distribution of the Trust's publications and maintains the website.
Gavin studied archaeology at University of Durham specialising in the Roman occupation of Scotland before moving to Orkney where he graduated with an MA in Archaeological Practice from University of the Highlands and Islands. In 2017 he completed his PhD in Archaeology through University of Aberdeen, specialising in community-based research approaches and the archaeology of recent conflict. He has over 10 years professional, academic and voluntary expertise in the archaeology, museums and heritage sector with particular experience working with WWII historic buildings; delivering community-based archaeology projects; heritage engagement and; outreach and participation initiatives.
Daniel Postma is the Trust’s Skills Training Officer. His main duties include the development and delivery of PKHT's training programme in traditional skills. Aimed at a wide and varied audience, the Trust’s recent training projects cover traditional building, boat building, orchard and countryside skills, as well as standing building recording and archaeological field work. Daniel also coordinates the Perth and Kinross regional programme for the annual Doors Open Days architectural festival.
An archaeology graduate from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Daniel worked in the academic sector for 4.5 years before becoming self-employed. His research and later work has a strong focus on relearning ancient building skills through experimental archaeology and comparisons with, for example, Scotland’s diminishing stock of surviving longhouses. In 2017-2018 he was amongst the first batch of postgraduate students to be awarded a place on Historic Environment Scotland’s full-time professional course in technical building conservation, delivered at their new conservation hub The Engine Shed in Stirling. A particular interest of Daniel's is how archaeological knowledge and historical building practices may be used to build more sustainably in the future, a goal for which skills training is of the essence.
Sarah Winlow is our Historic Environment Records Officer. Sarah’s main duty is to digitise a backlog of historic environment data for the Perth and Kinross Historic Environment Record, a dynamic geo-database that supports many of the Trust’s projects and consultancy work.
Sarah studied archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Following a few years as a field archaeologist across the UK and in France, she returned to Edinburgh to work as a curator for the RCAHMS. Since 2003, Sarah has carried out roles of assistant archaeologist, development management archaeologist and outreach officer for PKHT. She currently lives in Northumberland and works as a development management archaeologist with the Northumberland Conservation Team, Northumberland County Council.