Inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards Open For Entries

Volunteers play a vital part in celebrating, preserving and protecting Scotland's heritage

Volunteer groups and individuals from across Scotland are being urged to enter the 2015 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, which acknowledge and celebrate the valuable contributions made to Scotland’s historic environment by volunteers, community groups and individuals.

Funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Awards – the first of their kind in Scotland – celebrate the significant role that is carried out by volunteers in helping to better understand, appreciate and protect Scotland’s heritage and history. “I am delighted that the efforts of individuals and communities in Scotland working to preserve their heritage are to be recognised through these awards,” said Andrew Lloyd Webber. “I am passionate about saving heritage at risk and salute all those who volunteer.”

Local volunteers working to engage the community with local history, architecture and archaeology

‘Heritage Angels’ are being sought whose voluntary work has benefited various types of heritage projects, including local volunteers working to engage the community with local history, architecture and archaeology and community groups undertaking landscape surveys and restoration projects that have relied on and benefited from the involvement of local volunteers. There is also an opportunity to nominate an individual in recognition of their on-going commitment and dedication for the benefit of the wider historic environment.

Following judging by an expert panel, shortlisted entrants will be invited to the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards’ inaugural prizegiving ceremony in Edinburgh on September 28.

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards are being delivered in a partnership between the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Scottish Government, Historic Scotland, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Scottish Civic Trust and Archaeology Scotland.

‘The significant contribution volunteers make to our culturally rich historic environment’

“The Angel Awards initiative is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the significant contribution that volunteers throughout Scotland make to our culturally rich historic environment,” said John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust.

Entries close on June 30. For more information and details on how to enter, or nominate someone else, for an Angel Award, click here.

Award Categories

1. Investigating and Recording: Volunteer/community-based projects recording local history and heritage (eg recording of churchyards, landscape surveys, analysis of old architectural drawings)

2. Caring and Protecting: Volunteer-led involvement in saving/restoring heritage sites and buildings (eg restoration projects that have relied on or benefited from local volunteers)

3. Sharing and celebrating: Volunteer-led projects promoting local history, architecture and archaeology (eg interpretation boards, heritage trails, websites, virtual access projects)

4. Capacity Building: Projects that demonstrate a sharing of specific skills with volunteers and volunteer community groups (eg fieldwork involving volunteers, voluntary groups passing on skills to other groups or creating online resources)

5. Lifetime Contribution to the Historic Environment: This award seeks local groups and communities to nominate a person that they think should be awarded for their commitment and dedication.