About Us

Surrey Historic Buildings Trust helps to conserve the historical, architectural and constructional heritage of the county of Surrey and surrounding areas, including buildings of particular historical interest or beauty, as well as gardens and other land and structures.

Surrey Historic Buildings Trust was formed in 1980 when a former High Sheriff of Surrey, Philip Henman, pledged the sum of £25,000 for heritage conservation in the county, which the County Council then matched.

The Trust is advised by a Conservation Officer from Surrey County Council. We are supported by a group of Friends and by architects and conservationists who help with the Trust’s work. In recent years much of our work has been around the award of grants to help restore and conserve buildings and structures, and promoting awareness of the state of historic buildings in Surrey and good practice in their conservation.

By becoming a Friend of SHBT you can support our work to preserve these important places so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. We are a voluntary organisation working with building owners, local authorities and the community. We are financed by members’ subscriptions, donations, legacies and fundraising events.

The Trust is a member of the UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts, which represents around 250 member trusts nationally, all of whom are dealing with challenges of buildings that are severely at risk. We also support major heritage organisations including English Heritage and the National Trust.

SHBT is governed by a Board of Trustees. The current (2017) Trustees are: Mrs Angela Fraser DL (Chairman); Mr David Davis DL; Mrs Hazel Morris; Mrs Jennifer Powell; Miss Julie Summers; Mr Colin Taylor.  The Trust’s Conservation Adviser is Mr Martin Higgins and the Trust Administrator is Mr Andy Smith.