Awards seek out ‘Heritage Angels’ in Argyll and Bute

Volunteers in Argyll and Bute have from now until Friday, August 12 to enter the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016, which recognises the efforts of volunteers or Angels in helping to better understand, protect and value Scotlands heritage and history.
Volunteers in Argyll and Bute have from now until Friday, August 12 to enter the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016, which recognises the efforts of volunteers or Angels in helping to better understand, protect and value Scotlands heritage and history.

Volunteer groups and individuals in Argyll and Bute who contribute to Scotland’s historic environment are being asked to step forward and make themselves known for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016.

Now in its second year, the awards scheme, funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, celebrates the important efforts of volunteers or ‘Angels’ in helping to better understand, protect and value Scotland’s heritage and history.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charity, established the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, said: “I am passionate about saving heritage for future generations. After a successful and inspiring first year, I’m thrilled my Foundation can help the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards return and recognise everyone who is working tirelessly to preserve their heritage. I urge those of you who are involved in saving heritage at risk to come forward and let us celebrate your achievements.”

Last year’s inaugural awards saw over 80 nominations being received for heritage volunteers across the length and breadth of the country. The initiative, the first of its kind in Scotland, highlighted a range of worthwhile voluntary projects, activities and individuals. Amongst those to make the shortlist for the inaugural awards, last year, was Cairndow-based community group, Here We Are for their unique local heritage work. Our Houses: Their Stories was a complex project charting the biography of all 107 houses in Cairndow.

This year’s awards will also take the opportunity to recognise the valuable contributions that young people make to the wider historic environment, with a new category for 2016. Entries are now being welcomed for the Young Heritage Angel Award, along with the returning categories.

The five Scottish Heritage Angel Awards categories are:

• Investigating and Recording

• Caring and Protecting

• Sharing and Celebrating

• Young Heritage Angel Award

• Lifetime Contribution to the Historic Environment

The open for entries announcement follows on from new research findings*, published earlier this month, that show the scale and scope of volunteering within Scotland’s historic environment. Commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland and Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS), it revealed that last year alone, over 17,000 heritage volunteers clocked up 121,000 days’ worth of voluntary work.

Volunteers in Argyll and Bute have from now until Friday, August 12 to enter. Winners will be announced at the second annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards ceremony, which will take place in Edinburgh, in October.

Applications for the 2016 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards are now open. For full details on how to enter, or nominate someone else, for an Angel Award please visit the awards website.