The Angel Awards
Founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Angel Awards 'celebrate the efforts of local people who have saved historic buildings and places.'
The awards are co-funded by Historic England with a three-year grant of £150,000 confirmed from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation in 2015. Established in 2011, the awards aim to recognise people who champion their local heritage as well as those who both share and practise forgotten craft skills.
The Angel Awards particularly celebrate young people and champion their efforts to learn about heritage.
The award categories have been expanded in 2016 and include
- Best community action project
- Best contribution to a heritage project by young people
- Best research project
- Best rescue of a heritage site
- Outstanding contribution to heritage
- Rescued a listed heritage site
- Been an active champion
- The awards are open to a group or individual who has done one or more of the following:
- Actively championed a heritage site (or sites)
- Taken part in a heritage project including young people
- Taken part in a research project to further understanding, or inform value or protection of a heritage site of heritage, showing outstanding contribution to heritage
 2015 winners
 Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site
Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust for the rescue of Blackfell Hauler House, Gateshead
The Bowes Railway is a unique industrial heritage site, once used to transport coal from the Durham coal fields down to the Tyne and to the cities, towns and villages beyond. Of all the buildings at Bowes, the Hauler House was the biggest challenge. Subjected to frequent vandalism, graffiti and metal theft that wrecked the machinery, its transformation is all the more remarkable. With support from Historic England and the Architectural Heritage Fund, the Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust has been working on its restoration for nearly 40 years. The roof, windows, doors and steelwork have all been repaired turning the building into a successful workshop producing yurts.
 The People's Favourite: The Historic England followers and Telegraph Readers' award
After 100 years of producing small metal goods in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, the Coffin Works closed its doors in 1998, leaving factory and offices intact, as if the workers had simply gone on a tea break. It soon fell into disrepair and was declared “At Risk” in 2003, leading to a tireless effort from the Trust's previous director Elizabeth Perkins and volunteers, to tell the story of this incredible building. Now open to the public, the building has been rescued and offers a window into a lost world.
 Best Rescue or Repair of a Historic Place of Worship
Friends of Forncett St Mary Church for the rescue of St Mary's Church, Forncett St Mary, Norfolk
The Grade I listed St Mary's Church had became redundant in the 1980s and quickly fallen into disrepair. The challenge to restore the building was immense - its windows were broken, walls crumbling, organ vandalised and graveyard overgrown. A 100-strong group, led by Graham Prior, persevered and managed to bring the forgotten church back to life.
 Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site - Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust for the rescue of Blackfell Hauler House
 Best Craftsmanship on a Heritage Rescue
Emma Dawson for the craftsmanship employed on several rescue sites
Aged just 16, armed only with a Saturday job at Woolworths and an interest in heritage, Emma landed a place on a foundation scheme where she began learning to work with plaster and mortar. Since then she's worked on many historic properties, from the National Trust's Basildon Park to King's Cross St Pancras, and has earned the nickname “The Pointing Queen”.
 Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Historic Building or Site
Nicholas and Dinah Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury for the rescue of St Giles House and Park, Wimborne St Giles
Abandoned and forgotten in the 1980, the Grade I St Giles House and Park rapidly fell into disrepair. In 2010, the new 12th Earl of Shaftesbury began thinking creatively about how to turn St Giles back into a family home. Building work began the following year with a team of craftsmen, specialists and consultants all pulling together to give this very special building a new lease of life.
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