Andrew Lloyd Webber Hails Heroes of Heritage
Prehistoric rock carvings on the Yorkshire Moors, a vandalised urban church with hidden murals, one of the last working farrier blacksmith's in the country, a carpenter talent-spotted while a trainee labourer, an 18th century water mill providing electricity for the national grid and a lost Georgian landscape - these are among 16 heritage projects that have made it to the shortlist for the English Heritage Angel Awards 2014.
The Angel Awards were founded in 2011 by Andrew Lloyd Webber to celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of hard work, passion and perseverance into saving vulnerable, damaged and derelict historic landmarks from being lost forever.
The shortlist was announced yesterday (Tuesday 19 August, 2014) and the 16 community groups and individuals behind these projects are now looking forward to attending a star-studded, red carpet awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London on the evening of Monday 3 November, hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "The English Heritage Angel Awards are a highlight of my year. Meeting all the wonderful people on the shortlist, hearing the stories of their rescue projects and seeing the extraordinary range of beautiful and fascinating historic places that they have saved is extremely moving and humbling. They are both enriching their immediate communities and saving national treasures, for which present and future generations will thank them."
He added: "The Angel Awards get bigger and better each year and I'm delighted that next year will see the first Scottish Heritage Angel Awards running in parallel with the English ones."
Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, said: "The Angel Awards shine a light on the thousands of people who make up England's volunteer heritage army. Sometimes with the help and expertise of bodies like English Heritage, but sometimes by just going it alone they make saving our nation's heritage a reality. Their passion, perseverance and imagination is an inspiration to us all and means that we can remove sites from English Heritage's At Risk register which would otherwise be lost forever."
Also at the Awards show will be Angels judges George Clarke, Emma Bridgewater, historian Bettany Hughes and the Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, who in addition to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Simon Thurley will be picking four winners from the shortlist of 16. English Heritage is making films of all the rescue projects which will be shown on stage before the winners are announced.
Vote for your favourite
English Heritage, together with Angels media partner, The Telegraph, is inviting members of the public to vote for their favourite. The shortlisted project with the most votes will win the annual English Heritage Followers and Telegraph Readers' Favourite Angel Award.
Come to the awards
To apply for a pair of tickets to the awards show at the Palace Theatre on 3 November, please email your name and address to angels@HistoricEngland.org.uk
Follow the Angels
Search for #HeritageAngels on Twitter for updates and join in the conversation by telling us about other heritage rescues.
Shortlist For The English Heritage Angel Awards 2014
Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship
- Brian Cooke for the rescue of All Saints' Church, Leamington Hastings
- David Clements and the Poulett Chapel Conservation Team for the rescue of the Poulett Chapel, Somerset
- Maureen Smith and the PCC of St Mary for the rescue of St Mary the Virgin's Church, Jackfield, Shropshire
- PCC St Martin of Tours for the rescue of St Martin's Church, Nottingham
Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site
- The Renewable Heritage Trust for the rescue of Howsham Mill, York
- The Prince's Regeneration Trust for the rescue of Middleport Pottery, Stoke on Trent
- Oldland Mill Trust Volunteers for the rescue of Oldland Windmill, Hassocks
- Limestone Landscapes Partnership for the rescue of The Smithy, County Durham
Best Rescue of any other type of Historic Building or Place
- Trustees of Hagley Estate for the rescue of Hagley Park, Worcestershire
- Cullompton Walronds Preservation Trust for the rescue of The Walronds, Devon
- Carved Stone Investigation: Rombalds Moor Team for the rescue of Various carved rocks across Rombalds Moor, Bradford
- Inayat Omarji for the rescue of All Souls Church, Bolton
Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue
- Jamie Harper Ptolomey for craftsmanship employed on the rescue of Finchingfield Guildhall, Essex
- Luke Tovey for craftsmanship employed on the rescue of Kleve Walk Worcester Cathedral Boundary Riverside Wall, Worcester
- Adam Hill for craftsmanship employed on the rescue of The Master's House, Ledbury
- Adam Wilcockson for craftsmanship employed on the rescue of Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln
The Telegraph is media partner for the awards and the Awards are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com