Fifteen outstanding examples of heritage achievement have been selected for a Heritage Angel Award by a panel of judges headed by Baroness Kay Andrews.
Fifteen outstanding examples of heritage achievement have been selected for a Heritage Angel Award by a panel of judges headed by Baroness Kay Andrews. Sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the awards will celebrate the work of volunteers, trainees, apprentices, young people and heritage professionals in repairing or rescuing historic buildings or making new discoveries.
Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
- Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff
- Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Carmarthenshire
- Unloved Heritage – Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel.
In the ‘Young People’ category, the children of Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff, have been shortlisted for their Armistice Cantata, the musical they wrote to commemorate the end of the First World War, while the pupils of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Carmarthenshire have been shortlisted for their research honouring former pupils who had lost their lives in the same war, and the Unloved Heritage – Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel have recorded the history of Llawrcwmbach, a traditional upland farmhouse.
Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
- Rachael Cochrane and Liam Davies, Monmouth and Brecon Canal
- Matthew Roberts and Brett Burnell, St Fagans
- Hugh Haley, Yr Ysgwrn
The shortlist for Apprentice or Craftsperson award includes Rachael Cochrane and Liam Davies for their work restoring the Brynich Aqueduct over the River Usk on the Monmouth and Brecon Canal; Matthew Roberts and Brett Burnell, for their work on the construction at St Fagans of Llys Llywelyn, a reconstructed medieval hall based on the excavated remains of Prince Llywelyn’s hall at Llys Rhosyr near Newborough on Anglesey; and Hugh Haley, furniture conservationist, for his work restoring the war poet Hedd Wyn’s collection of bardic chairs, including Y Gadair Ddu (The Black Chair).
Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
- Discovering Old Welsh Houses Group
- The Lost World of the Welsh Chapel
- Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive Wales
In the research category the shortlist includes the Discovering Old Welsh Houses Group, whose volunteers are transforming our knowledge of medieval Welsh houses; The Lost World of the Welsh Chapel project, which has made a photographic record of some 5,000 chapels; and Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive Wales, a rich archive of items relating to women’s history, including the experiences of women who worked in the manufacturing industries from 1945 to 1975.
Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (for projects under £5m)
- Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd
- Insole Court, Cardiff
- Plas Kynaston, Cefn Mawr, Wrexham
The three shortlisted building restoration projects (under £5m) are Yr Ysgwrn, the home of the renowned Welsh poet, Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn; Insole Court, the former home of one of Cardiff’s great coal-merchant families, saved by community effort; and Plas Kynaston, a Georgian house in the County Borough of Wrexham, now providing low-cost single bedroom apartments to meet local housing needs.
Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place (for projects in excess of £5m)
- St Fagans, Cardiff
- Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
- Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion
In the over £5m category the contenders for the award are the £30m redevelopment of Wales’s open-air Welsh history museum at St Fagans, Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Cardigan Castle.
The winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony in Caerphilly Castle on Thursday 8 November. The five winners in each category will then be invited to the London awards ceremony on 27 November when an overall winner will be chosen from all the Angel Award winners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, ‘I applaud everyone who enters the Angel Awards and showcases the marvellous work they are doing to rescue and sustain our heritage’, while Baroness Andrews said, ‘The judges had a very difficult task picking just three in each category because of the passion, skill and commitment shown by all of the people and projects nominated for an award’.