Viscount Coke becomes patron of Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust.

30. January 2014

We are delighted to announce that Viscount Coke has agreed to become our first ever patron.

Viscount Coke

The Trust has been involved in many high-profile heritage projects since it was founded in 1979, including the Time and Tide Museum, the Nelson Museum, and more recently the nationally-acclaimed Cemeteries Project. Now Lord Coke has accepted an offer to become its first ever patron, an honorary position, held for life, which will see him represent and further promote the trust and its vital work.

He lives in and runs Holkham Hall, in North Norfolk, a grade I-listed eighteenth-century Palladian-style mansion, described as one of the finest stately homes in England. The Holkham Estate is home to scores of other listed buildings.

He has been involved in many heritage projects on the Holkham Estate and elsewhere – and was for many years a researcher and supplier of linseed oil paints, which are used in building conservation and which continues to be used on the estate.

Following an invitation from the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, Tom Coke agreed to become the patron soon after taking a tour in December of Trust projects with its Chairman, Cllr Bernard Williamson, and Project Organiser, Darren Barker.

Viscount Coke said: “All my life I have been fascinated with architecture, it is one of man’s few enduring legacies he leaves. Great Yarmouth with its rich trading history from medieval and Hanseatic times has a surprisingly rich array of wonderful and important buildings. In the Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust, it has a wonderful and very well run champion and I am proud to now be a small part of it.”

Cllr Williamson, who is also Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s heritage champion and cabinet member for transformation and regeneration, said: “The trust, as it has developed with each successful project, has sought an appropriate patron – and we are honoured to have secured someone as well suited as Viscount Coke.

“He will bring prestige to the trust and help to raise awareness, locally and nationally, of the historical gems in the Great Yarmouth borough and of the fabulous conservation work which goes on here.

“But he is also someone who is passionate about heritage and building conservation, acutely aware of related issues within Norfolk, and is very familiar with traditional building materials and techniques. I and everyone and everyone else at the Trust sincerely welcome him aboard.”

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