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23 October 2018

Scotland’s ‘heritage angels’ honoured at Glasgow ceremony

Winners of the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018 revealed

Graham Campbell and Alan Cormie pose inside a workshop. They are each standing beside a red pneumatic lifts upon which sit wooden toolboxes and a piece of masonry. Pipes and ventilation shafts are on the wall in the background along with various warning signs and switches.
Graham Campbell and Alan Cormie winners Best Craftsmanship or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project.

Heritage projects from across Scotland are toasting success today (Monday 22 October) as the winners of the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018 were revealed.

Hosted by broadcaster and writer Sally Magnusson at the City Chambers in Glasgow, the ceremony saw winning projects in each of the five award categories crowned in a celebration of the groups, individuals, volunteers and professionals who have played a special part in caring for the nation’s historic environment.

Scooping the awards for Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place (under £2m and over £2m respectively) were the project to rescue Dunoon Burgh Halls, which reopened in June 2017 as a community arts hub following major refurbishment, and Campbeltown Community Business Ltd, who led the project to restore the category A listed Campbeltown Picture House.

Jane Mayo standing outside Campbeltown Picture House. She is wearing a pink cardigan and holding a copy of a book entitled "Campbeltown Picture House: A Century of Cinema." A colourful flowerbed, some trees and some parked cars can also be seen.

Campbeltown Community Business Ltd restored the Art Nouveau façade of the town's historic cinema and upgraded visitor facilities

The 1,2 History Crew from Arbroath Academy topped the Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People category, for their project to research the history of their local area to create the Arbroath Abbey Trail, which will help other young people learn about the rich heritage of Arbroath.

Members of the 1,2 History Crew pose outside Arbroath Academy. They are gathered around a stone sign featuring the Academy

Pupils from the 1,2 History Crew at Arbroath Academy researched the history of their local area to create the Arbroath Abbey Trail

The Best Craftsmanship or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project was won by Graham Campbell and Alan Cormie, for their work to develop Elgin Conservation Training Centre into a nationally recognised centre of excellence. Graham and Alan have tutored dozens of apprentice stonemason across Scotland, UK and the rest of world.

The Kirkmichael Trust saw off competition to take the award for Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording for the rescue and display of ornate medieval stone crosses of Kirkmichael and nearby Cullicudden. The Trust worked to conserve the stones to enable them to be exhibited, saving a priceless piece of local heritage for the community.

Susan O’Connor, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said:

This year’s Heritage Angel Awards have offered us the opportunity to recognise a fantastic range of heritage projects from all across the country.

“In their comments, the judges commended the innovation, perseverance, dedication and vision of those involved in these projects, and they all deserve huge praise for their achievements.

“I’d like to again congratulate all of this year’s shortlisted projects, and in particular our worthy winners.”

Launched in 2014 and funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation (ALWF), and run by the Scottish Civic Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Archaeology Scotland, the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards seek to celebrate both groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, protect and, in many cases, rescue Scotland’s heritage.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said:

“I’d like to congratulate all of the projects that made the shortlist for this year’s Heritage Angel Awards, and to our eventual winners.

It is always a privilege to hear first-hand the passion and expertise of those who have dedicated so much time and energy to caring for Scotland’s heritage, and the positive impact these projects make on their local communities.

“I hope that these stories will inspire even more people to get engaged with the historic environment and involved in heritage projects.”

The awards in Scotland are aligned with Angel Awards in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. This year’s successful Scottish projects will now go on to be considered for the prize of overall winner alongside their English, Irish and Welsh counterparts at the London ceremony on 27 November.

Full details of the 2018 Scottish Heritage Angel Award winners can be viewed on the awards website.

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018 winners

1. Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (For projects under £2m)

Dunoon Burgh Hall Project - for the rescue of Dunoon Burgh Halls. Following major refurbishment, the category B listed building re-opened in June 2017 as a community arts hub.

2. Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place (For projects in excess of £2m)

Campbeltown Community Business Ltd – for the restoration project of the category A listed Campbeltown Picture House. The project has seen the historic cinema’s Art Nouveau façade restored alongside upgraded state-of-the-art visitor facilities, as well as a programme of heritage activities hosted at the site.

3. Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People

The 1,2 History Crew, an after school club supported by the Youth Work Team in Arbroath, researched the history of their local area to create the Arbroath Abbey Trail, which will help other young people learn about the rich heritage of Arbroath.

4. Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project

Graham Campbell and Alan Cormie, Elgin Conservation Centre - for their work to develop Elgin Conservation Training Centre into a nationally recognised centre of excellence. Graham and Alan have tutored dozens of apprentice stonemason across Scotland, UK and the rest of world, and have helped the Centre at Elgin win the accolade of best UK college from British Skill Build two years in a row.

5. Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording

The Kirkmichael Trust - for the rescue and display of ornate medieval stone crosses of Kirkmichael and nearby Cullicudden. The Trust worked to conserve the stones to enable them to be exhibited, saving a priceless piece of local heritage for the community.

About the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards are delivered in partnership between the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Scottish Civic Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and Archaeology Scotland. The Scottish Civic Trust is the main delivery partner. The awards programme supports the delivery of Scotland’s Historic Environment Strategy, Our Place in Time, with its strong emphasis on community participation in heritage.

About the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation            

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Andrew in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit; since inception Andrew has been the principal provider of funding for all its charitable activities. In 2010, the Foundation embarked on an active grant giving programme and has now awarded grants of over £19m to support high quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities. 

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of Young People 2018

The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally.

Over 200 young people throughout Scotland will become #YOYP2018 Ambassadors, ensuring their communities know about local opportunities to celebrate young people.

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