Who we are
The North Craven Building Preservation Trust was established in 1976 as a charity responsible for the preservation of the area’s architectural and cultural heritage and for the delivery of a museums service for the North Craven District through management of the Museum of North Craven Life, now housed in The Folly, a 17th century Grade I listed historic house.
Over the last fifty years we have cared for, and developed, a range of architecturally important buildings and acted as stewards of the museum and its collections, enabling us to research and share our community’s heritage, history and culture. Our collections cover the fine and decorative arts, literary and musical heritage, built heritage, and the cultural and social life of North Craven. We are committed to using these collections and assets to educate and engage our audiences, to celebrate creativity and highlight the contribution of North Craven locally, regionally and nationally.
The North Craven Building Preservation Trust, is supported financially by rental income from properties, admissions to its Museum of North Craven Life and from its trading subsidiary, NCBPT Trading Limited. In 2017 this subsidiary was set up to run the Folly Coffee House and Museum Shop and has grown successfully each year until Covid hit it in 2020. Its turnover was £170,000 in the year to 31st March 2020.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed volunteer who has the experience to develop the commercial aspects of the Trust's business, notably its Coffee House and Museum Shop. This work provides vital funds to enable us to:
- maintain our buildings (the Grade 1 listed Folly and Grade 2 listed Zion Chapel);
- run the Museum of North Craven Life;
- develop and preserve our collections which relate to the social, agricultural, industrial and built environment of North Craven;
- provide a welcoming, interesting and stimulating venue for the local community and visitors to the area, including disadvantaged and isolated groups).
In order to do this you will need to have a range of skills and experience relating to the financial and commercial aspects of the work. However, you will also be someone who enjoys being part of a team which includes both employed staff and volunteers.