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Search is on to find Edinburgh’s ‘Heritage Angels’

Posted: 13th June 2017

Entries now open for Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2017

Nominations have opened for the third Scottish Heritage Angels Awards in a bid to find those groups and individuals – or ‘Angels’ – from Edinburgh who have played a special part in caring for, recording and celebrating the nation’s historic environment.

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, Archaeology Scotland and the Scottish Government, the scheme seeks 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.

Last year saw entry submissions from the length and breadth of Scotland, with eventual winners including Mark Cranston, for his remarkable efforts to collect, catalogue and research Scottish bricks, and Dig TV, a television channel run entirely by young people to highlight an archaeological dig in Dumfries, which scooped the first Young Heritage Angel award.

This year, a brand new set of categories have been introduced for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards. They are:

• Best Rescue of a Historic Building
• Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
• Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
• Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation of a Historic Place

Nominations will close on Friday 11th August. A panel of heritage experts will have the tough task of whittling down shortlists for each category and a panel of judges will choose the eventual winners who will be announced at the Scottish Heritage Angels Awards ceremony on Monday 16th October at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

In an exciting first, an overall winner from the Heritage Angel Awards in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland will be selected and crowned at the London ceremony.

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said:” I’m delighted to once again welcome entries for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.

“Now well established in our third year, we have taken this opportunity to update the award categories and extend the criteria to include professionals and apprentices as well as volunteers and voluntary groups who can demonstrate that their project has had a wider community benefit. Our categories are aligned with the Angel Awards in England and Northern Ireland to reflect the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation’s aspiration to recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes of heritage across the UK.

“Last year we showcased some wonderful projects reflecting the scale and diversity of heritage initiatives throughout the country. I am confident that in this year of History, Heritage and Archaeology we can do so again.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charitable foundation helped establish the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, said: “‘I am delighted that the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards are open for another year of applications.

“Too often the individuals and groups who work tirelessly to protect their local historic buildings go unnoticed. We set up the Angel Awards in Scotland three years ago to change all that. I encourage everyone to come forward and celebrate these stars of heritage – those who keep our heritage alive and thriving for the next generation deserve to stand in the spotlight.”

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards support the delivery of Scotland’s historic environment strategy Our Place in Time, which places a strong focus on supporting and enabling community participation and engagement across the historic environment.

For full details on how to enter the 2017 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, nominate someone else for an award or find out about our previous winners, please visit

Keep up to date with the latest from the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards on Twitter at @ScotAngelAwards.

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