Foundation Trustee Esther Robinson Wild, Chief Executive Michael Mail and Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue Steering Committee member Adam Hitchings all attended the recent Heritage Trust Network conference held in Caernarfon in Wales.
The event proved an excellent opportunity to listen to experts in the heritage sector, and a range of leading activists working on innovative heritage-led projects. Just as beneficial was the informal networking with the possibility of meeting participants involved in preservation projects from across the UK, and both Architectural Heritage Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund staff were present in numbers.
The programme included visits into Caernarfon to learn about a number of important heritage projects that are seeking to preserve sites while also improving the town’s quality of life. Most dramatic was the impressive Caernarfon Castle Kings Gate project which is shortly to be opened to the public.
The Foundation’s focus was on its own Merthyr synagogue project, seeking advice on its approach and looking for new partnership opportunities. Andrew White, the NLHF Director in Wales, was himself present along with Head of Engagement Stephen Barlow, and good conversations were held with both.
Adam in his role with the AHF was one of the conference organisers and we are very grateful to him and all the HTN team for putting together a very successful event.