English Heritage Angel Awards 2014 Open for Applications!
Andrew Lloyd Webber, who founded the English Heritage Angel Awards in 2011, said: "I'm passionate about saving heritage at risk and salute not just our past winners but everyone who enters and who has played a part in the rescue of one of England's neglected architectural treasures. Do please come forward and let us celebrate your achievements."
By entering you'll be in with a chance of having a film made about your heritage project and attending our glittering, red carpet Awards ceremony at The Palace Theatre in London's West End on the evening of Monday 3 November.
One of last year's winners said: "The publicity we received surrounding the awards was fantastic. As a result, we have had many more visitors, and it has resurrected a great interest in the church. The event itself was very exciting - akin to the Oscars. I would urge people to take the time to apply as being shortlisted, let alone winning, recognises the efforts of hundreds of people involved in the project."
Dr Andrée Carter, St. James Restoration Fund
New for 2014
As in previous years, there are four Award categories, but this year the Craftsmanship category draws special attention to trainees and apprentices who have shown exceptional passion for learning and developing their craft.
And no matter what category you enter, we are also keen to know if any young people, aged 15-24, have been involved in your project and deserve recognition.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts from the heritage sector before a shortlist of 16 is put before the judges. Chaired by Andrew Lloyd Webber, these will include English Heritage's Chief Executive Simon Thurley and TV's "Restoration Man" George Clarke among others.
We welcome applications from anyone involved in a heritage rescue, for example, private owners who have turned neglected buildings into treasured homes, commercial organisations and companies which have restored historic industrial buildings, volunteers who have saved a local landmark for the community, and groups including trainees or apprentices who have employed exceptional skills on a rescue.
The English Heritage Angel Awards are for:
- the best rescue or repair of a historic place of worship;
- the best rescue of a historic industrial building or site;
- the best craftsmanship employed by a trainee or apprentice on a heritage rescue; and
- the best rescue of any other heritage site.
"Everyone there was a winner"
"Being shortlisted made everyone involved feel great. Although we didn't win, it was a huge honour to be nominated and it felt like everyone there was a winner."
Revd Richard Hayes, St Alkmund's Church, Shrewsbury
"It was great to have a day to pat each other on the back and receive some tangible recognition for our hard work. Everyone we met at the awards was there because they were genuinely interested and passionate about their project. I would thoroughly recommend applying."
Hugo Simms, Ivy House Community Pub Limited, London
The English Heritage Angel Awards are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com
For full details on how to enter for an English Heritage Angel Award, or to nominate someone else, visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/heritageangelawards or, if you need more information, please email Angels@english-heritage.org.uk