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.
• To promote for the benefit of the public the preservation, protection and improvement of an 18th century, listed Schoolhouse and two adjacent buildings in the grounds of the Cotesbach Estate by creating an educational resource centre.
• To advance the education of the public, and young people in particular, in the subjects of heritage relating to the environment, our social history and the arts and the many areas which link these subjects.
• Delivering school and community group visit days and activities
• Advancing and providing learning opportunities for the wider community through access to the family history archive
• Hosting heritage and Archive open days
• Development of an alternative curriculum programme for young people excluded from school.