25 Apr 2018
A new Welsh awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation recognising people who rescue historic buildings from neglect.
The search is on for Wales's Heritage Angels
Wales's Heritage Minister, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, launched the
awards scheme on 16 April while visiting Hetty Winding House, near
Pontypridd. The Victorian steam-powered winding house transported
miners and coal up and down a 360-metre (1,181foot) mine shaft
until the Great Western Colliery closed in 1983. The Great Western
Colliery Preservation Trust has restored the listed Winding House
to working order - 'a perfect example' the Minister said, 'of the
sort of project that the Heritage Angel Awards Wales are designed
Left to Right: Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Wales's Heritage
Minister, Brian Davies, Great Western Colliery Preservation Trust,
and Christopher Catling The Secretary (CEO), RCAHMW.
The Awards have five categories:
- Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place for projects under
- Best Major Regeneration of an historic building or place for
projects in excess of £5m
- Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
- Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair
- Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
Anyone can nominate a person or project for the awards and the
winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in
Examples of previous shortlists from outside Wales have included
a dedicated volunteer who maintains historic milestones, a group of
ex-servicemen who restore canals, a stonemason who has passed his
skills on to hundreds of trainees, a community group that records
old chapel and churchyard gravestones, and a volunteer who has
developed relaxed autism-friendly tours at his local museum.
Nominating people and projects for the awards is simple: you can
find full details at rcahmw.gov.uk/about-us/heritageangelawardswales. The
closing date for nominations is 21 June 2018.