Market House

Spread the word about your project - St. Austell's BRICK workshop offers advice to heritage groups on connecting with their target audience

The Market House, St. Austell, Cornwall hosts a special workshop on digital and social media for heritage projects -

Thursday 13th July

Heritage experts from the UK's leading regeneration charity, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT), will be bringing their BRICK workshop to the Market House, St. Austell on Thursday 13th July from 9:30am – 4:30pm.

The workshop is aimed at every community group and individual in the South-West that needs help and support with the challenges of saving a local historic building. There is a strong and growing demand for specialist knowledge and experience of rescue and regeneration, encouraged particularly with Cornwall having 242 entries on Historic England's Heritage at Risk 2016 Register.

There will be a range of exciting topics at the BRICK workshop, and a special focus on using social and digital media to successfully spread the word about a project and reach new audiences for fundraising and support.

Attendees will gain insight from a team of experts drawn from local restoration projects in Cornwall, including Harvey’s Foundry in Hayle and Portmeor Studios in St. Ives, who will be sharing their experience and taking questions. Attendees will also benefit from touring the Market House, a Grade II* building which is in the early stages of regeneration.

Funders and heritage-specialist architects will also be speaking at the BRICK event. Josephine Brown from the Architectural Heritage Fund, will discuss funding and financing options for projects and Niall Philips from Purcell Architects will explore inventive and inspiring new uses for historic buildings. Raising the important point of using the latest communication tools will be Matt Bunt from the St. Austell Printing Company talking about getting the best out of digital and social media and Jessica Ratty from Born Social advising on the right approach to digital fundraising. 

Laura Norris, Programme Director of BRICK, urges everyone involved in a heritage regeneration project to attend:

"Cornish buildings have a unique character that attracts people to live, work and visit Cornwall. These buildings are often at the heart of communities giving them a sense of place. We need to protect and restore them, but in a way that they take on new uses that benefit their communities for future years.

This in many cases requires a collaborative effort. Community groups will learn a lot from the experts at the workshop and from meeting on the day with similar organisations who have dealt with familiar challenges. We hope it will be a forum where people leave equipped with the skills they need, but also energised and inspired by what they have heard and seen," said Laura.

The BRICK programme has been made possible through major grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contributions from the Alan Baxter Foundation, Purcell and British Land.

To book a place please call 020 7613 8515 or go to