Still seeking Angels

Press release, Wednesday 17 June 2015: Time is running out for volunteer groups and individuals throughout Scotland to enter the very first Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.

Submitted by Bryony on 17-06-2015 12:48:30

With entries for the very first Scottish Heritage Angel Awards due to close in just over two weeks’ time – Tuesday 30 June – volunteers or ‘Heritage Angels’ that contribute to one of Scotland’s most diverse sectors are being reminded that there is still time to enter or to nominate a deserving individual or group.

The free to enter awards, the first of their kind in Scotland, celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and valuable contributions made to Scotland’s historic environment by heritage volunteers and groups. Funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, and delivered via a partnership which brings together four Scottish heritage bodies, the awards will recognise the significant role volunteers have in helping to better understand, appreciate and protect Scotland’s heritage and history for current and future generations.

There are five Scottish Heritage Angel Awards categories and entries are still being welcomed from projects, both big and small, and the ‘Heritage Angels’ behind them for:

  • Investigating and Recording
  • Caring and Protecting
  • Sharing and Celebrating
  • Capacity Building
  • Lifetime Contribution to the Historic Environment

People will also have the chance to nominate an individual in recognition of their on-going commitment and dedication for the benefit of the wider historic environment. The five categories recognise the breadth and scope of voluntary work on projects of all scales which have relied on and benefited from the involvement of local volunteers.

Overall winners from the five categories will be announced at an awards ceremony, to be held at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, on Monday 28 September.

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards are being delivered through 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.

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said: “The countdown is on for individual volunteers and community groups alike to enter the first ever Scottish Heritage Angel Awards. With entries due to close on the 30th June, I’d encourage people to take part and submit their application for the chance to be named a ‘Heritage Angel’.

“The awards offer the opportunity to celebrate those who make great efforts towards caring for our rich and diverse historic environment and I look forward to discovering more about the variety of volunteer-led heritage projects that are being undertaken across the length and breadth of the country.”

The awards will also help to support the delivery of the Historic Environment Strategy for Scotland – Our Place in Time, which places a strong focus on community participation and engagement in heritage.

All applications for the inaugural 2015 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards must be received by midnight on Tuesday 30 June.
For more information and for full details on how to enter, or nominate someone else, for an Angel Award please visit: www.scottishheritageangelawards.org.uk

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