What are the Trust's upcoming project plans?
The Historic Towns Trust has ambitious plans to produce atlas volumes for a large number of towns and cities across Great Britain, and to address the relative lack of towns in Wales and Scotland that have been covered to date.
A long list of possible towns and cities has been drawn up, including not only Welsh and Scottish towns but industrial cities in the north of England. We are now looking at which of those may be suitable for further research and which may lend themsleves to an atlas project.
We are currently pursuing atlas projects in Perth, Canterbury and Ripon. We hope that the next volume in the British Historic Towns Atlas series will be published in 2024.
For an atlas to be produced, a local team has to be assembled and money raised to pay for its production. Given that an atlas costs of the order of £30,000 to £35,000 to produce, each project that we embark on has to be accompanied by a substantial fundraising campaign, and running such a campaign takes time and patience. We hope that the next atlas in the series will be of Canterbury.
The Trust is also set to embark on a substantial fundraising campaign to increase its core capital, to fund the administration and project management that accompanies its work and which has grown as its output has also increased.