Welcome to the The Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust Website
The Heritage Trust has been established to preserve the stunning Crescent buildings and to create an inspiring visitor experience in The Pump Room and a suite of rooms in The Crescent. The Trust will be run by people who are passionate about the Crescent, our heritage and the area.
As a charitable organisation we will receive start up and development funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, but will not receive regular funding in the future, so we are launching a fundraising campaign to deliver our aims and to develop an exceptional asset for the town and area, for everyone to enjoy. The Friends of Buxton Crescent and Thermal Spa Heritage Trust will be a corner stone in that campaign.
The Visitor Experience and programme of events in the Assembly Rooms will allow the community and visitors to ‘step’ into the history of the Crescent and Pump Rooms and learn about the fascinating stories of our thermal waters, the Crescent and its restoration, the town and the characters that made it all happen.
Restoration, Preservation, Education, Celebration
The redevelopment and restoration of The Crescent, Natural Baths and Pump Room have secured major investments of over £50 million. These include a £23.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, over £20.5 million in private funding from the Buxton Crescent & Thermal Spa Co Ltd, a £2 million grant from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partner-ship and more than £0.6 million from Historic England. Between them, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council are also contributing over £2.5 million.
A development company is currently carrying out the major capital restoration works and the hotel will be run by the hotel company involved in the project. A small part of the overall funding package will support the work of the Trust until 2020.
Following completion of the project the Trust will be responsible for the long-term preservation of the buildings and for running the visitor experience. The Trust is a separate and independent entity and will receive no long term public funding.
A Message from our Patron
A Message from our Patron the Duke of Devonshire
My ancestor the 5th Duke of Devonshire had the vision to build the Crescent and I look forward to playing a part in the next chapter of this remarkable building. Surrounded by the hills of the Peak District this spa, university and market town is entering a renaissance. I invite and encourage you to support the great work and plans of the Trust.
Duke of Devonshire
A video tour of the crescent and natural bath before restoration.
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