25th October 2018

Scottish Heritage Angel Award Winners 2018 Announced

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards celebrates both groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, protect and, in many cases, rescue Scotland's heritage.

Funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the finalists were announced at a grand ceremony at the City Chambers in Glasgow on Monday 22nd October 2018.

The ceremony saw winning projects in each of the five award categories crowned in a celebration of the groups, individuals, volunteers and professionals who have played a special part in caring for the nation’s historic environment.

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018 winners

Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (For projects under £2m) - Dunoon Burgh Hall Project - for the rescue of Dunoon Burgh Halls. Following major refurbishment, the category B listed building re-opened in June 2017 as a community arts hub.

Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place (For projects in excess of £2m) - Campbeltown Community Business Ltd for the restoration project of the category A listed Campbeltown Picture House. The project has seen the historic cinema’s Art Noveau façade restored alongside upgraded state-of-the-art visitor facilities, as well as a programme of heritage activities hosted at the site.

Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People  - The 1,2 History Crew at Arbroath Academy - this group of S1 and S2 pupils researched the history of their local area to create the Arbroath Abbey Trail, which will help other young people learn about the rich heritage of Arbroath.

Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project - Graham Campbell and Alan Cormie, Elgin Conservation Centre - for their work to develop Elgin Conservation Training Centre into a nationally recognised centre of excellence.  Graham and Alan have tutored dozens of apprentice stonemason across Scotland, UK and the rest of world, and have helped the Centre at Elgin win the accolade of best UK college from British Skill Build two years in a row.

Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording - The Kirkmichael Trust - for the rescue and display of ornate medieval stone crosses of Kirkmichael and nearby Cullicudden. The Trust worked to conserve the stones to enable them to be exhibited, saving a priceless piece of local heritage for the community.

Read the full report here