3. Transforming the Landscape (TL)

TL03 Transforming the Trent Valley’s Heritage

Protecting heritage at risk from cultivation.

Project Summary

The Trent Valley landscape has a rich and diverse cultural heritage resource ranging in date from the early prehistoric through to the modern day. However significant pressures from development, mineral extraction, expanding infrastructure and agriculture across this area have and will continue to impact upon this valuable resource.

We are working with local communities, volunteers and landowners to record and improve the condition of vulnerable heritage assets across the project area and achieve sustainable management for them.

The aim of the project is to empower local communities and landowners to take responsibility for their heritage. Through training it will provide them with the skills to understand, record, monitor, manage and maintain heritage assets within the landscape partnership scheme area.

It will provide a framework to facilitate the longer-term curation of the historic environment, including the establishment of ongoing monitoring regimes and access to training materials to give landowners and local communities the confidence to be involved in the management and improvement of their local historic environment.

The condition of heritage assets and their principal threats and vulnerabilities will also be better understood, enabling strategies for longer-term designation and management to be developed.

Project Lead

Staffordshire County Council

Dr Mark Knight
Cultural Heritage Officer
Transforming the Trent Valley

Transforming the Trent Valley


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Linking With the Past

How do I do this?
It's a question I often ask myself. Whether it's cooking a new recipe or fixing a bookcase, I start with the same question. How do I do this?

If it is something I already know about, the answer can be easy, straightforward even. A year of fixing furniture, fences and buildings have given me all the skills I need to fix a bookcase, though my wife will point out that this experience has not given me the skills to do it without making a considerable mess!

But I'm thinking about my job here; and why it was created? I'm a Cultural Heritage Officer to help look after historic sites and more importantly to help other people look after them.

There are a lot of those around in the Trent Valley landscape. We have stone-age settlements, deserted medieval villages, Victorian industrial sites, monuments, memorials, churches, wartime pillboxes and much more.

Thousands of years worth of human heritage from archaeology we can only see on aerial photos to great stone monuments which everyone can admire. I need to help people look after all of these sites.

If the last year or so has taught us anything, it is that the internet has come of age. Fortunately for me, there is lots of advice online but it is not always easy to find. I can visit landowners and answer questions about their historic places, help them in person*, but this is not enough. I needed a source of advice and guidance that people can access at any time. That is why I created a page with links to the best advice online.

A surprising amount of guidance has ended up on archive web sites, so I asked colleagues and experts for their ideas of current web sites that hold the best advice for landowners.

If you are looking at a historic site where you live or work and are asking yourself, "How do I care for this?", may I suggest our links page as a good staring point.

* Transforming the Trent Valley can offer free advice, and help with caring for historic sites. if you are interested in this service, please contact us

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Cultural Heritage Update.

The great thing about the Transforming the Trent Valley Partnership is the sheer variety of what we're working to achieve. This means I'm constantly talking with my colleagues to see how our work crosses over and how, when these overlaps occur, we can work together and get even better results.

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