A regeneration roadshow empowering community groups to save the buildings they love will be marking a year of progress when it comes to Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent next week.
The Prince’s Regeneration Trust’s (PRT’s) BRICK programme will be holding its 10th workshop at the charity’s flagship project and the home of world-famous Burleigh. Middleport Pottery will be used at the event as an exemplar of successful heritage-led regeneration.
The BRICK programme, which began in March last year, has so far provided expert advice and vital support to 134 community groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in such regeneration projects.
This month’s event takes place on Wednesday 18 March from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE.
It will focus on the lessons that can be learned from the Victorian Pottery’s regeneration and features advice from key players involved in the process.
PRT stepped in to save the Victorian Pottery from closure in June 2011, ensuring that Burleigh stayed in Stoke.
Following a £9-million, three-year regeneration programme, the Pottery was opened by our president, HRH The Prince of Wales, in July 2014 and is now a major visitor destination.
The three-year BRICK programme has so far travelled to nine destinations across the UK, attracting 377 attendees to its workshops.
BRICK aims to have visited at least 30 locations across the UK up to February 2017. In 2014-15, it is also providing mentoring support to 12 groups looking to regenerate locally-important buildings.
The workshop can be booked at http://brick-work.org/events/brick-workshop-10-middleport/