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Historic England Angel Awards Shortlist Announced

Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates unsung heroes of heritage.

A Neolithic tomb in Cornwall, a shell grotto on a Georgian estate in Dorset, a Victorian coffin works in Birmingham, a Sheffield steel workshop, the rescue of a 14th century Norfolk church that had lain empty since 1979 – these are among 16 heritage projects chosen to go forward to the finals of the Historic England Angel Awards in London on Monday 7 September 2015.

Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by his Foundation, the Historic England Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of hard work and enthusiasm into saving derelict and severely damaged historic landmarks from being lost forever.

Image of the interior of Thornhill Parish Church, Dewsbury, Yorkshire which has been shortlisted for an Angel Award
Interior of Thornhill Parish Church, Dewsbury, Yorkshire which has been shortlisted for an Angel Award © Walter Covell

Celebrating passion and commitment

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "Huge congratulations to everyone shortlisted for this year's Historic England Angel Awards. From celebrating the efforts of a preservation trust in County Durham to recognising exquisite craftsmanship on a medieval barn in Middlesex, the dedication of a Norfolk friends’ group rescuing their local church and the transformation of an East End pub by an extremely committed landlady, the variety on show proves just how passionate people are about saving their heritage."

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “Acknowledging people’s passion and commitment in rescuing historic places is incredibly important. If it weren’t for these unsung heroes getting involved in their local heritage, much of it would be lost forever. We need to celebrate their achievement as champions of our heritage.”

Groups from all the shortlisted entries have been invited to attend the Historic England Angels Awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End where the winner in each category will be announced. The Awards show will be held in the presence of the judges, George Clarke, Emma Bridgewater, historian Bettany Hughes and the Dean of Westminster, John Hall.

Image of the Montagu Monuments at St Edmund's Church, Warkton, in detail showing the fine marble of the sculpture
Detail of the Montagu Monuments at St Edmund's Church, Warkton. Skillington Workshops Ltd, who restored the monuments, have been shortlisted for an Angel Award © By kind permission of The Duke of Buccleuch, KBE. Photography by Tom Arber

Vote for your favourite!

Historic England is inviting members of the public to visit www.historicengland.org.uk/angelawards to see full details of the shortlist and vote for their favourite. By voting they will automatically be entered into a competition to win one of 50 pairs of tickets to the awards ceremony and two lucky voters will win not just a pair of tickets to the awards ceremony but also to the post-show reception hosted by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Telegraph is media partner for the awards and the Awards are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Image of Dukesfield Arches, Old Smelting Mill in Northumberland before restoration. Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project Steering Group have been shortlisted for an Angel Award
Dukesfield Arches, Old Smelting Mill in Northumberland before restoration. Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project Steering Group have been shortlisted for an Angel Award © Dukesfield Project

Full shortlist

Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site:

• Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust for the rescue of Blackfell Hauler House
• Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project Steering Group for the rescue of Dukesfield Arches
• Birmingham Conservation Trust for the rescue of Newman Brothers Coffin Works
• The Friends of Portland Works for the rescue of Portland Works Block A

Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue:

• Fergus Murphy for the craftsmanship employed on the rescue of Harmondsworth Barn, Middlesex
• Skillington Workshop Ltd for the craftsmanship employed on the rescue of Montagu Monuments, St Edmund’s Church, Warkton
• Emma Dawson for the craftsmanship on the rescue of several sites
• Sally Strachey Historic Conservation for the craftsmanship employed on the rescue of The Shell Grotto, Wimborne St Giles

Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship:

• Pierra Restoration Ltd for the rescue of Church of St Martin, Camden
• Friends of Forncett St Mary Church for the rescue of St Mary’s Church, Forncett St Mary
• PCC of St Michael, Hockering for the rescue of St Michael, Hockering
• Thornhill Parish church for the rescue of Thornhill Parish Church Dewsbury

Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Historic Building or Place:

• Pip Richards and the Sustainable Trust for the rescue of Carwynnen Quoit, Troon
• Kings Weston Action Group for the rescue of The Kings Weston Estate
• Nicholas and Dinah Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury for the rescue of St Giles House and Park, Wimborne St Giles
• Pauline Forster for the rescue of The George Tavern, London

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