Swadlincote Townscape Heritage Scheme

What is a Townscape Heritage Scheme?

The Townscape Heritage Initiative is a Heritage Lottery Funded programme, which provides money for repairing and regenerating the historic environment in towns across the UK.

This financial aid doesn't just apply to grand buildings and large houses. Townscape Heritage schemes can help to renovate premises and smaller shops, which contribute to the character of a town's conservation area.

How does it work?

In 2015, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) granted us more than £400,000 to improve the special historic character of Swadlincote’s conservation area.

Since the launch of the project in 2016, we’ve been managing a larger fund that contains additional match funding from ourselves and Derbyshire County Council.

A grants panel, made up of members of the community as well as elected members from both authorities, meet to decide on proposals brought forward for restoration and repair works to buildings within the town’s conservation area. These grants are available for repairs and improvements to historic buildings, including windows, doors, shop fronts and distinctive architectural features.

What else is going on?

Streets and spaces: The Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Garden (across from Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, in West Street) has been redesigned to improve the green space for the town, and to encourage more people to use it. Before and after photos of the garden as well as a video of the launch can be found at the bottom of this page.

Town Crier: Thanks to the Townscape Scheme, Swadlincote has its own Town Crier. She can now be booked for any kind of event. For further information, email chairsoffice@south-derbys.gov.uk.

Events and activities: There is a diverse range of ways to get involved in the scheme’s activities and learn about the industrial and social heritage of Swadlincote. This includes guided walks and talks, self-led town trails and ‘have a go’ activities.

Maintenance activities are provided for people who own or manage properties in the Conservation Area. Schools groups have their own bespoke sessions and potential activities can be emailed to teachers. Details of these are in the Swadlincote Townscape Activity Plan (pdf, 1.5mb).

More information about the project, and how to apply for grants, is available on the Swadlincote Townscape Facebook page or by emailing katherine.stanley@south-derbys.gov.uk

For information on how to maintain and repair your old building read our Swadlincote Conservation Area Maintenance Guide. (pdf, 4.7mb)

For a more detailed overview of how Swadlincote will be preserved and enhanced read our Conservation Area Management Plan. (pdf, 5.7mb)



  • Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Garden - before
  • Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Garden - after
  • Store front, West Street - before
  • Store front, West Street - after