Heritage Trust Network appoints Hopwood DePree to its Board of Trustees

Hopwood DePree is on a mission to rescue his ancestral home, Hopwood Hall.

The man who moved from Los Angeles to Middleton, near Manchester in August 2017 is delighted to have been appointed to the Board of the Heritage Trust Network.

Heritage Trust Network (HTN) is a membership organisation run by people who have delivered extraordinary heritage projects against all the odds.

“Their mission is to help others do the same”

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The HTN operates throughout the UK, drawing together and supporting the work of local heritage groups, whether constituted as building preservation trusts, community trusts or social enterprises. 

It is predominately run by professional volunteers.

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Liz Bates, Chair of HTN said:

“The trustees of the Heritage Trust Network unanimously support Hopwood’s appointment to the board.

Enabling new groups and individuals to save heritage at risk is a key aspect of HTN’s work.

Having seen Hopwood’s dedication and hands-on approach to matters of conservation and heritage, we know that he will contribute additional insight into this sector and be a great asset to the team.”

Hopwood DePree says:

“I am honoured that the Heritage Trust Network (HTN) has invited me to join their Board.

HTN is a tremendous resource, providing knowledge and assistance to ensure that significant historical assets are available for present and future generations. 

I’m passionate about renovating Hopwood Hall, so the prospect of being able to contribute to the preservation of heritage across the UK as a whole is thrilling.“

Hopwood DePree
Image – Kerry Hargreaves Photography – Northern Revive Magazine


Hopwood DePree is a descendant of the Hopwood family, who owned Hopwood Hall for five-hundred years until the early 20th century.

It is now owned by Rochdale Borough Council, which is managing and overseeing the emergency repair works. 

The council has entered an exclusive agreement with Hopwood DePree, whereby he has the option of acquiring the hall at a future date when he develops a detailed plan which can provide for the preservation and protection of the building.     

About HTN 

Heritage Trust Network (HTN) is the membership network empowering charities and not-for-profits to save heritage at risk across the UK.

Providing an invaluable platform for members by way of peer-to-peer support, knowledge sharing and skills development, HTN guidance helps groups throughout the lifetime of their project from startup to post completion.

Just as importantly, HTN gives this extraordinary grassroots movement a united voice, representing their views to government and funding bodies.

HTN is the new name for UK Association of Building Preservation Trusts (UKAPT), initially established in 1989 as a grassroots umbrella organisation supporting to building preservation trusts. Formed in 2016, HTN takes forward the best of 27 years of UKAPT but with a broader remit.

Read our exclusive interview with the-American-Englishman

For further information/quotes and interviews, please contact:

Hopwood DePree of Hopwood Hall Estate:

Please contact: Zena Howard: zena@projectzah.co.uk

Mobile: +44 (0) 7989441293


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