About The Trust

The local community would like to see this significant historical building conserved and developed as a focal point for the Darent Valley community.  To that end, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation – The Archbishop’s Palace Conservation Trust (APCT) – has being established (Registration number 1173486).  On 19th September 2019, Sevenoaks District Council granted a 99-year lease on the site and buildings to the Trust, which now intends to conserve the Palace, create an interpretation centre for Otford and the Darent Valley and operate it as a self-sustaining community resource.

At a well-advertised, public meeting of Otford residents held on 21st January 2017, a unanimous vote of support (with two abstentions) was given by the community to the formation of such a charitable trust to represent them in future discussions and take on responsibility for the site and its buildings. The Trust, which was registered on 20th June 2017, is run by a board of local trustees. The beneficiaries of this trust are the Otford community.

You can download a copy of the APCT Constitution by clicking here

Please sign up to receive updates on our plans and progress using the form on the right.

Trust Objectives

(a) To work for the benefit of the public the preservation, restoration, maintenance, repair and improvement of the building known as the Archbishop’s Palace in Otford, Kent.

(b) to advance the education of the public in the history of the Archbishop’s Palace, the Tudors, the role of the Archbishops and the history of the Darent Valley by the provision of exhibitions and other learning experiences.

A  comprehensive description of our current plans for the Palace is given in  the Trust’s Business plan available here.

The current Trustees are:

  • Andrew Goymer (Chairman)
  • John Edwards-Winser
  • Roger House
  • Nick Rushby (Secretary)
  • Laura Shield
  • Justin Wood
  • Jon Verral
  • Neil Williams

You can contact the trustees by email at secretary@otfordpalace.org

Our sponsors

The Trust would like to thank our sponsors and benefactors:

  • Conation Technologies Limited
  • The Trustees of the Otford Players
  • Ellie and Tom Allen
  • Andrew Gaylor
  • John Kerr

The Trust is most grateful to our long-term sponsors Knocker&Foskett, who act for the Trust in legal matters.  To find out more about Knocker&Foskett and the services they offer, please click here.

We also thank the people of Otford and the surrounding villages for their support at fund-raising events.

Accessibility statement for Otford Palace website

We want everyone who visits the Archbishop’s Palace website to feel welcome and find the experience rewarding.

What are we doing?

To help us make the website a positive place for everyone, we’ve been using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible for people with disabilities, and user friendly for everyone.

The guidelines have three levels of accessibility (A, AA and AAA). We’ve chosen Level AA as the target for the Otford Palace website.

How are we doing?

We’ve worked hard on our website and believe we’ve achieved our goal of Level AA accessibility with the exception of descriptions for the videos we have included.  We will be adding those description over the coming months. We monitor the website regularly to maintain this, but if you do find any problems, please get in touch.

Let us know what you think

If you enjoyed using the Otford Palace website, or if you had trouble with any part of it, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you, so please email us at secretary@otfordpalace.org