Swadlincote Townscape Heritage Scheme

We were awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of more than £400,000 for this three-year project, which started in 2016.

The money is being used to help improve the special historic character of Swadlincote town centre’s Conservation Area and to get people involved in the town’s heritage.

The historic core of Swadlincote was designated as a Conservation Area in 1990 and extended in 2001

Key elements of the project:

  • Grants - these are available for repairs and improvements to historic buildings, including windows, doors, shop fronts and distinctive architectural features. Eligible buildings are all within the conservation area.
  • Streets and spaces - the Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Garden (behind Green Bank Leisure Centre/opposite Sharpe's Pottery Museum) is being redesigned to improve this important town centre green space and encourage more people to use it.
  • Events and activities - designed to help local people learn about the industrial and social heritage of Swadlincote. They include guided walks and talks, self-led town trails and ‘have a go’ activities. Training and education activities are provided for people who own/manage properties in the Conservation Area, as well as for local builders.

Schools groups have their own bespoke sessions and potential activities can be emailed to teachers. Details of these are in the Swadlincote Townscape Activity Plan. (pdf, 1.5mb)

More information about the project is available on the Swadlincote Townscape Facebook page or by emailing communityandplanning@south-derbys.gov.uk