Historic Coventry Trust is an energetic charity that was launched in 2015 (previously known as Coventry Charterhouse Preservation Trust) formed to acquire, restore and reuse Coventry’s heritage buildings, preserving them for future generations and contributing to Coventry’s economic, social and cultural enhancement.
The Trust aim is to become the guardian of the city’s heritage in perpetuity – a local ‘National Trust’ and a strategic partner to enable regeneration of all of Coventry’s heritage. The Trust is a social enterprise and aims to become self-sufficient, generating revenue from restored historic buildings and innovative development.
The trust was initially formed to acquire Charterhouse, a 14th century former Carthusian monastery founded by Richard II. Charterhouse is Grade I Listed and includes Medieval and Elizabethan wall paintings of national importance. The building and its grounds form the centrepiece of the trust’s major project, the creation of a new 70 acre Heritage Park on the edge of the city centre, which also includes the Joseph Paxton Arboretum Cemetery adjoining and a large are a of riverside and woodland landscape.
Coventry is a city with a rich history of a thousand years. However, many key historic buildings are largely forgotten in recent decades and underused. The trust will bring these buildings back to life to take their rightful place in the future economic and cultural life of the city. The buildings of the past tell the story of a proud, innovative and prosperous city and are the foundations for its future – the soul of the city.