The Civic Trust was founded in 1957 by Duncan Sandys, a British politician, and the former son-in-law of Sir Winston Churchill. It campaigned to make better places for people to live. It ran until 2009 before going into administration due to a shortage of funding.
The Civic Trust's programmes were passed onto various other organisations, and the main ones can be seen in the list below:
Civic Voice is a national charity that has taken over the cause for the civic movement of England. It aims to make places more attractive, enjoyable, distinctive, and promotes civic pride. It is the umbrella organisation for hundreds of Civic Societies and other member organisations.
Civic Trust Awards was founded in 1959 and is still going strong today. It's one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe.
Heritage Open Days is still owned by English Heritage, and is now run by the Heritage Open Days National Partnership, a consortium of organisations including the National Trust, The Heritage Alliance, and Civic Voice.
Community Spaces is now managed by Groundwork UK.
The Green Flag Award, Green Pennant Award, and the Green Heritage Site Accreditation are still owned by the Department for Communities and Local Government, but are now managed by Keep Britain Tidy.
BizFizz is now owned and managed by the New Economics Foundation.
The Purple Flag Award is now owned and managed by the Association of Town Centre Managers.
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