Cotesbach Educational Trust

Reconnecting with place and land to develop skills for the future

Heritage Lottery Fund

Who are we?

Cotesbach Educational Trust (CET), a registered charity established in 2009, hosts and provides learning opportunities focusing on Heritage, Environment, and the Arts. We have access to a unique family archive dating back over 400 years, which, thanks to an extensive cataloguing process, we can now share with the wider community. CET is managed by a Board of Trustees , a passionate team of volunteers and supported by a small part-time Executive team.

We are based in the heart of the rural Midlands, close to the meeting point of Leicestershire, Warwickshire, and Northamptonshire.

In 2012 we were awarded £672,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with smaller match funding amounts from a variety of funders, to restore three dilapidated buildings, create a second activity space and re-house our unique archive.

We have a 50 year lease on the buildings and archives from the Cotesbach Family Trust and our site comprises a restored Georgian Grade II listed Schoolhouse, toilets within the Victorian milking parlour, archive storage inside the Victorian coach house and a new café/teaching space constructed in oak and glass.