The World Heritage Site Enhancement Fund (WHSEF) was established in 2009, as a partnership between the World Heritage Site Advisory Board, Bath and North East Somerset Council, and Bath Preservation Trust.

It has 3 aims:

  • To initiate and organise minor enhancements to the City of Bath World Heritage Site
  • To assist and encourage others to undertake such work
  • To organise volunteers for the same purpose

The WHESF has organised or participated in 50 schemes totalling over £300,000, and four structures have been removed from the Council’s Building at Risk register.

Details of the projects are outlined in the WHESF in the annual newsletter. Ideas for further projects, especially those involving the heritage on which the World Heritage inscription is based, are always welcome.

If you would like further information about the WHSEF please contact our Administrator Ainslie Ensom at

The WHSEF continues to promote the public enjoyment and interpretation of our historic city; you can explore Bath’s exceptional heritage by following the World Heritage City Trail, now issued in a new digital edition that you can use on your phone.



The Fund was a finalist in the Bath Life Awards 2020!







The WHEF’s ongoing programme of repairs to incised and painted street signs within the historic city won the Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2019!