In 1995 it was discovered that the refectory wing of St Nicholas Priory (21 The Mint) was on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register. EHBT was founded the following year and a feasibility study was commissioned. Significant grants were secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage. Further grants and donations were obtained from Exeter City Council, The Leche Trust, The Steele Trust and local organisations and individuals.

Since then EHBT has undertaken a number of other projects including Exeter Dissenters’ Graveyard, Exeter Transfer Shed, and the most exciting proposal to run St Nicholas Priory.