The St Andrews Preservation Trust (join here) was founded in 1937 by a small group of like-minded individuals, with the aim of protecting the Town’s architectural heritage and historic character.
The Trust is a membership organisation, registered charity, and a company limited by guarantee. It is run by a Board of Trustees elected from, and by, the members. (See Governance for more details). Our funding comes from membership fees and grants, as well as legacies from generous donors – we receive no regular statutory financial support.
We also employ an Administrator, and full-time Museum Manager/Curator, who are supported by a large team of volunteers.
Most of what we do comes under one of these headings:
Environment – our aim is to enhance the appearance and amenity of St Andrews and its surrounds through encouraging improvements to buildings, street furniture, plantings etc. The Trust has fervently supported the Green Belt around St Andrews, which we consider essential to protect not only the Town’s unique character but also its landscape setting.
Planning – we are keen to ensure that any development is in keeping with the character and landscape setting of St Andrews and that it complies with the relevant Guidance and Policies. In considering commenting on planning applications, we also recognise the importance of new ideas in both design and materials.
Our Museum & Garden – the Museum and its lovely, ‘hidden’ garden is the flagship of our organisation, housing changing displays of many items from our collections and making these accessible to both local people and visitors. Click here for more details about our Museum.