About Us

Fife Historic Buildings Trust – Making Heritage Live.

We work with others to find new users and funding to give a long-term future to historic buildings at risk. We have helped deliver over £30m in historic environment regeneration projects in Fife, supporting town centres, businesses, tourism and local communities.

Fife has a particularly rich and varied heritage with over 6,200 listed buildings and 48 conservation areas.  Fife Historic Buildings Trust was formed in 1997 by Fife Council – our primary aim to restore historic buildings in Fife. The Trust is an independent Buildings Preservation Trust – it is a charity (SC026043), and a company limited by guarantee (SC173262).

All our projects begin not just with a building, but also with a range of partners: an organisation with a passion to save a building in their community, or with an idea for how it could be used; a supportive funder who believes in the project; a talented design team who can overcome the technical challenges of repairing derelict buildings and inspire all with a vision for their future appearance; and experienced contractors with the traditional skills needed to bring a building back to life. Along the way our projects deliver a range of benefits such as:

  • community capacity development
  • economic development
  • skills training in traditional construction methods and heritage building restoration
  • improving health and wellbeing
  • supporting tourism

Find out more on our projects page.

We currently have three holiday apartments to let, these buildings have been restored by Fife Historic Buildings Trust and by staying in these apartments you will be helping to contribute to the upkeep of these and future projects: You can find more about the holiday apartments here.

Our continuing partnership with Fife Council underpins all of this. In 2014 both organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to guide our work to protect and enhance Fife’s built heritage, and highlighting our role as Fife Council’s heritage regeneration partner of choice.

Charity Status

Fife Historic Buildings Trust is a registered charity from 06 March 1997
Charity number: SC026043







Download our Annual Report 2017 here.


Download the FHBT Annual Report & Accounts 2018-19 here: FHBT Annual Report 2018-19



We are extremely grateful to all our funders, including Fife Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and many others.

Our small dedicated team of staff and volunteers work together to deliver new projects and manage our properties.

In addition to its Board of Trustees who contribute a range of expertise, skills, and experience, the Trust is operated by a small staff  team comprising a manager, project officer, finance/admin officer, and part time holiday let/marketing support. We also have support from skilled and dedicated volunteers – please contact us if you can offer time and skills to support our work.


Christine May – FHBT Chair and Executive Committee

Robin Evetts

Norman Wilkinson

David Chisholm

Bill Taylor – Executive Committee

Colin Fowler – FHBT Secretary and Treasurer and Executive Committee

Rosalind Taylor – Executive Committee

Brian Wood – Executive Committee

Jim Birrell








Cllr Jan Wincott










  • Cllr Jean H Muir
  • Cllr David J Ross


Office Team Members

Fife Historic Buildings Trust - Meet the Team

Lorraine Bell – FHBT Manager

Robert Gibson – Finance and Administration Officer

Fiona Stenke – Project Officer

Beth Bell – Holiday Let and Marketing Consultant









  • Suzanne Gilfeather – Holiday let housekeeper/gardener
  • Brian Laing – Volunteer maintenance support
  • Jim McLeish – Volunteer office support
  • Fi Petrie – Holiday Let Housekeeper / Key Holder
  • Jacqueline Wilkinson – Holiday let housekeeper



The Right Honourable Gordon Brown

The Origins of Fife Historic Buildings Trust

During 2017 and 2018 Fife Historic Buildings Trust celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its formation. Over this period the Trust has played a key role in restoring historic buildings and streetscapes that as part of broader regeneration initiatives have brought significant social and economic benefits to Fife’s towns and villages.  The Trust is owned and managed by its Trustees but as we enter our third decade and take on more challenges we believe there is value in drawing together a body of like-minded people who can guide and support our work.  We are inviting anyone who shares our values, whether a local resident, a member of Fife’s business community, or someone with a professional interest in our work, to register as a Friend of Fife Historic Buildings Trust.  There is no membership fee.  As a Friend you will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive regular updates on the Trust’s work
  • Participate in technical workshops and seminars
  • Receive discounts on Trust holiday home bookings
  • Attend occasional talks and presentations

We will be looking to host a series of informal gatherings in restored properties with which we have been associated, at which Trustees will explain our work and our vision for the future.  Details of these events will be circulated in due course.  In the meantime please email us on or subscribe to register your interest in becoming a Friend. Details of our privacy policy can be found here 



To find out more about our past, present and future projects throughout Fife by the Fife Historic Buildings Trust, click below.


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Holiday Lets

Fife Historic Buildings Trust has three self-catering holiday apartments to let. For more information and to book, click below.


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