Submitted by Bryony on 29-09-2015 17:09:54
Heritage volunteers from across Scotland gathered at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre on Monday 28 September 2015 as the winners of the very first Scottish Heritage Angel Awards were revealed.
The volunteers or ‘Angels’ involved in one of Europe’s most significant cemeteries, Scotland’s firefighting past, the country’s unique canal and waterway heritage, the safeguarding of a pair of historic buildings in the North of Scotland and an individual who has dedicated more than 20 years to Scotland’s archaeological sector were all celebrated as winners as they each received an Angel Award.
Funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, this initiative, the first of its kind in Scotland, acknowledged and celebrated remarkable individuals and their efforts in helping to better understand, appreciate and protect Scotland’s heritage and history, for both present and future generations alike.
Commenting on the inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:
“The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards celebrate and pay tribute to all that is best about those volunteers who are engaged and passionate about Scotland’s heritage and history and recognise the contribution they make towards better understanding, protecting and valuing our heritage.
“In its inaugural year, this initiative is an exciting first for Scotland’s heritage landscape. These awards demonstrate the dedication and commitment of volunteers who work on a great variety of worthy projects throughout the country, who might not otherwise receive the recognition they deserve and these Angel Awards are in celebration of that.
“I was honoured to present Patrick Cave-Browne with the Angel for ‘Lifetime Contribution to the Historic Environment’ in recognition of his long volunteering association and work with Archaeology Scotland – which spans more than 20 years. This was made doubly special in a year that also recently welcomed the launch of Scotland’s first Archaeology Strategy.
“The valuable efforts of these remarkable volunteers will help ensure that future generations will be able to fully appreciate the wonderful and unique elements that make up Scotland’s rich and culturally diverse historic environment.”
Amongst the volunteers to be named a Scottish Heritage Angel were the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis. The group were presented the Angel for Investigating and Recording for their ongoing work and dedication to digitally capture and create a permanent record of some 3,500 graves, memorials and mausolea throughout the 37 acre site.
The Angel for Sharing and Celebrating was awarded to some of the 200 Scottish Fire and Rescue Service volunteers, throughout Scotland, who help raise awareness and tell this lesser-known part of the nation’s story – which includes the founding of the world’s very first municipal fire brigade in Edinburgh in 1824.
Other Angels to be celebrated as winners included the local community volunteers of the Forres Heritage Trust, who claimed the Angel for Caring and Protecting for their work in securing the future of two iconic and historic landmarks, placing them at the centre of local community life once again. Some of the 162 disadvantaged 16-25 year olds and the 24 volunteer mentors who were involved in the two year Scottish Waterways Trust canal college programme were presented the Angel for Capacity Building.