Woodchester Mansion Trust has generated many successful partnerships since its foundation.
In 2005 the Trust staged the One Big Room heritage skills training conference under the chairmanship of its Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the following year launched the National Heritage Training Academy South West, the country’s first educational partnership, forging training links between colleges, heritage bodies and funders to address the critical shortage of young craftsmen in the UK.
The Academy was supported at its launch by ConstructionSkills and The Prince’s Charities, and subsequently by English Heritage. Partnership with NHTASW has widened the basis of the skills training Woodchester Mansion Trust offers on site.
Woodchester Mansion Trust currently provides on-site skills training for the Prince’s Trust’s Get Into Heritage scheme and for The Prince of Wales’s Building Crafts Apprentices Scheme.
Through NHTA SW the Trust supports the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Building Bursaries Scheme and is a partner in the HLF’s Skills for the Future programme.
The Trust works with regional schools and colleges to provide training and education opportunities and offers the Mansion as a venue to many organisations for meetings, educational tours and team-building exercises.
The Trust has developed a strategic partnership between Stroud District Council, who own the freehold of the Mansion and granted its 99-year lease to the Trust, and the National Trust, which bought the 400 acre park in 1994. This partnership promotes the reintegration of the spectacular historic park with its Mansion both as a major heritage attraction and a new training centre embracing landscape and building conservation skills.
The Trust maintains its uniquely important horseshoe bat colonies under a partnership agreement with Natural England.
Woodchester Mansion Trust’s training programme is directly supported by The Radcliffe Trust.