Landguard Fort Trust was constituted as charity number 1044712 in February 1995. Currently, the Trust has six Trustees under the Chairmanship of Tim Clarke and, in addition, there are a volunteer treasurer and a volunteer secretary. The Trust’s objectives, as lodged with the Charity Commissioners, are to advance the education of the public about:
1. The role of Landguard Fort as a building of great historical and educational interest in the defence of the realm.
2. The ways on which the inhabitants of Landguard Fort lived their daily lives.
Care of the Fort
By arrangement with English Heritage, the Trust look after all aspects of opening the Fort to the public. They are also charged with the routine day to day maintenance of the Fort. The Trust employs an Operations Manager who manages the Volunteers in the use of their considerable skills to ensure that the Fort receives the attention to detail that it deserves.
The Fort is now a Grade I listed building and the site is a scheduled ancient monument. This imposes considerable responsibilities on the Trust and its volunteers.
Listing ensures that the architectural and historic interest of a building is carefully considered before any alterations, either outside or inside, are agreed. Buildings can be listed because of age, rarity, architectural merit and method of construction. Grade I listing indicates a building of exceptional interest: only about two per cent of listed buildings are in this grade.
'Scheduling' is shorthand for the process through which nationally important sites and monuments are given legal protection by being placed on a list, or 'schedule'. English Heritage takes the lead in identifying sites in England which should be placed on the schedule by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. A schedule has been kept since 1882 and the current legislation, the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979, supports a formal system of Scheduled Monument Consent for any work to a designated monument. Scheduling is the only legal protection specifically for archaeological sites and is applied only to sites of national importance, and even then only if it is the best means of protection. Only deliberately created structures, features and remains can be scheduled.
Effects of Scheduling - a monument which has been scheduled is protected against disturbance or unlicensed metal detecting. The Secretary of State must be informed about any work which might affect a monument above or below ground, and English Heritage gives advice to the Government on each and every application to carry out any work on the site.