Seeking the region’s Heritage Angels

Nominations for this year's Scottish Heritage Angel Awards will be accepted up until June 29. The ceremony will be held in Glasgow in October.
Nominations for this year's Scottish Heritage Angel Awards will be accepted up until June 29. The ceremony will be held in Glasgow in October.

Time us running out to find those who have played a special part in caring for, recording and celebrating Dumfries and Galloway’s heritage and historic environment.

And groups and individuals involved in heritage projects in the area are being urged to enter the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards before nominations close on Friday, June 29.

Last year’s awards honoured a range of diverse projects across the country, from the restoration of the Grade A-listed former office of the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company in Govan, to the full-scale reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse by the Whithorn Trust. The roundhouse, near Whithorn, shows how people lived in Galloway in the fifth century BC and is based on the remains of a similar structure found during excavations at Black Loch of Myrton, which began in 2015

The awards, which this year will take place in Glasgow in October, are open to groups, individuals, volunteers and professionals across Scotland.

Susan O’Connor, Scottish Civic Trust director, said: “The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards are about honouring the contribution made by those groups and individuals who rescue, record and celebrate Scotland’s historic buildings and places - many of whom volunteer their time.

“The awards also provide an important opportunity to recognise the positive difference that heritage projects make to local communities all over the country.

“I’m looking forward to this year’s nominations, which are sure to showcase the fantastic work being undertaken to support and promote our historic environment.”

Launched in 2014, funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation (ALWF) and run by the Scottish Civic Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Archaeology Scotland, awards seek to celebrate both groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, protect and, in many cases, rescue Scotland’s heritage.

Full details on how to enter can be found at www.scottishheritageangelawards.org.uk.