Heritage Education Workshops UK


BRICK is an innovative education programme designed to build skills, knowledge and connections


The BRICK education programme is designed to support community groups that are trying to save their local heritage and create a better future for their local area. Through workshops, mentoring and online support, BRICK can help groups find the funding they need and successfully deliver their projects.

The three-year project is only possible thanks to major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.


How can BRICK help you

If you are looking for project support then there are many ways to get help from the BRICK programme. It’s divided into five different sections:


BRICKwork - digital platform

If you haven’t already signed up for our BRICKwork website then it’s a fantastic place to start. The website gives you access to great resources, including the presentations and videos from our previous workshops and 'How to' guides.

You can also use the discussions section to ask any questions or offer advice based on your own experience. It's the first online community for regeneration groups and we've already had a range of experts sign up, including the PRT team.

Finally, you can use BRICKwork to find pro bono help for your project. We've explained how in more detail here.


BRICK workshops

We will be hosting around 30 workshops over the period to February 2017 and they will cover a variety of heritage regeneration themes. They all take place in restored buildings, a great chance to tour a completed project and be inspired. Experts from the heritage industry and PRT staff deliver the workshops and there’s an opportunity to network and ask questions. Group discussions are also a key part of the workshops so you can share your ideas and get advice.

Sign up for our newsletter to keep in touch, including announcements of upcoming BRICK workshops. You’ll find all the resources and images from our past workshops here.


BRICK mentoring programme

The mentoring programme offers bespoke support to community groups. It focuses on a range of key issues, from governance, business planning and securing private investment, to preparing an activity plan and engaging the community. Each group receives up to seven days of mentoring from a member of the PRT projects team and groups will be asked to blog on BRICKwork to share their experiences.

Please note: we ask that any groups interested in applying for mentoring support first apply to the Heritage Helpline (see below).


BRICK Heritage Helpline

Our new Heritage Helpline gives community groups the opportunity to receive fast, bespoke support on a key issue within their heritage regeneration project.
For the past three years BRICK has been pioneering ways of helping community groups build the practical skills, knowledge and connections they need to save local at risk buildings. Our newly launched Heritage Helpline is offering communities another practical way to get project support.
The helpline is free, simple to use, and available to anyone that needs advice and support with a local heritage project. This support will be delivered by a member of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust team through a pre-arranged telephone or Skype conversation.

If you have a heritage question that needs answering please complete our request form for a call.


BRICK conferences

The first BRICK conference, called 'Investment, Creativity and Partnerships: The Future of Heritage Regeneration Projects', was held on 23 September 2014 at the Carriageworks in Leeds. It was a fantastic opportunity to debate key issues in the sector, celebrate success and launch major new resources including a fundraising guide and BRICKwork. Videos of the presentations are available here.

Our second conference took place in Manchester in December 2015. Organised in partnership with Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England, it focused on the re-use of industrial heritage buildings. Resources are now online

The third conference 'Financing the Historic Environment' was in Glasgow on 29 and 30 March 2017. In collaboration with Built Environment Form Scotland and Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland it explored how heritage organisations can approach investment, how to make a site financially viable and how local communities can be at the heart of solutions. 

We're wrapping up the BRICK programme with a final Conference on 21 and 22 Februrary 2018 exploring 'Learning for the Future: How to evaluate the impact of heritage projects'. Find out more and book tickets here


BRICK partnership brokers pilot

The pilot was run in partnership with Locality, the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations. Developers and communities tend to meet only in the adversarial environment of planning committee meetings or public consultation, although they have much to offer each other if a good relationship can be formed at an early stage. You can find the report on our BRICK website

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions:



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