A TV channel run by young people in Whithorn to highlight an archaeological dig won an award at the second annual Scottish Heritage Angels Awards in Edinburgh last night.
The Young Heritage Angel Award was won by ‘Dig TV’ which provided footage of the major archaeological excavation at the Black Loch of Myrton for nightly news bulletins through The Whithorn Trust’s website and social media pages. The youngsters created television content, focusing, engaging with an entirely new audience in the process. The young people were assisted by Glasgow based film company Urbancroft.
The awards recognise the impact that volunteers can have on Scottish Heritage and the recipients were competing in five categories and the winners were announced at the ceremony hosted by author and broadcaster, Vanessa Collingridge.
The event celebrated volunteers’ efforts, who have worked hard for better appreciation and protection of Scotland’s heritage and history.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charity, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, established and funds the awards, said: “The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards highlight what can be achieved when local people get involved in rescuing and restoring heritage throughout Scotland – from Dumfries to Orkney to Bo’ness. Huge congratulations to the winners, and indeed to all who were shortlisted, not only for the work they do but for being outstanding ambassadors for heritage. I urge everyone to use the light we shine on these projects and their unsung heroes to unlock further funding and to inspire others to get involved.”
Commenting on the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “The awards provide a platform to celebrate those selfless individuals around the country who devote their time and energy to a cause bigger than themselves – to the benefit of their communities and further afield. Often with little or no recognition or thanks.”