The Ilkley Manor House Trust has been registered as a charity limited by guarantee. It is made up of local residents who came together because they care about the building’s wellbeing and want to create a long-term plan for the Manor House as a community asset.
The trustees are volunteers and are responsible for developing and managing the Manor House, along with any private events and public access on the site.
Sir Rodney Brooke CBE DL (President)
Roger J Tilbrook MRICS
Sarah Thomas (Chair)
Daisy Johnson AssocRTPI
The Trust aims to bring the main building back into full use for the benefit of the local community and visitors, working with a range of partners to create a vibrant heritage, arts, leisure and learning centre for our town. An exhibition showcasing the town’s heritage will sit alongside studios and event space for hire, arts and cultural activities and a café.
The Trust is also exploring ways to develop the associated cottages for combined tourism, heritage and community use. The Trust intends to launch a public appeal for funds to enable the construction of a sensitively designed extension to the building and to provide disabled access and catering facilities, both of which will be essential to the core activities of the project.
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