About Us

Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust is a not for profit registered charity working to preserve, save, enhance and promote the historic built environment.

The Trust has been delivering projects since its foundation in 1979 both directly and in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council. The Trust has a portfolio of historic properties which it manages including the Tower Curing Works in Blackfriars Road, leased to Norfolk County Council and housing the celebrated Time and Tide Museum.

The Trust also works in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to preserve buildings such as the Bretts Warehouse, now Aspire Young Persons Centre.

From 2007-2017, the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust had 17 successfully projects, which generated £8.4 million of work for the local economy, 8 buildings removed from the buildings at risk register, 25 residential units created, 25,520 training hours delivered, 644 volunteers and 12 complementary projects.

We hope that over the next 5 years we will have 13 projects completed, 9 buildings removed from the at risk registration, 14 residential units created, 40,000 training hours with 430 volunteers, 10 jobs created and 10 currently vacant buildings brought back in use.

The Trust is managed by a Board of Directors with nine members, five of which are representatives of the Council, three representatives of the Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society and one member from the general community. These are currently:

  • Bernard Williamson, Chair, Councillor, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Mike Taylor, Vice-Chair, Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society
  • Barry Coleman, Councillor, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Mary Coleman, Councillor, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Katy Stenhouse, Councillor, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Marlene Fiarhead, Councillor, Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Paul Davies. Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society
  • Andrew Fakes, Great Yarmouth Local History and Archaeological Society
  • Paul Patterson, Atec Design, independent community representative

Patron: Lord Leicester

The day to day work of the trust is undertaken by Darren Barker, Project Director and Lyn Bales, Office Manager.