The Angel Awards
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 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
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.
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
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
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.
An ‘All-Island’ commitment to Ireland’s vernacular heritage has been established with the signing of the North South Agreement on Vernacular Heritage, supporting traditional buildings etc.
Canons House, a landmark building on Bristol Harbourside, has been awarded Grade II (GII) listed status having been built as a regional headquarters for Lloyds Bank between 1988 and 1991 (Arup)
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has announced a new project with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to improve and modernise the home energy rating scheme used to measure the energy and environmental performance of UK homes.
Sector lead the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has recognised the IHBC’s professional accreditation and support (CPD etc.) in awarding its PQP (Professionally Qualified Person) cards.
The IHBC’s 2022 Aberdeen School Heritage MarketPlace (4.30-7.30PM, 15 June) is designed to extend the scope of a traditional IHBC School exhibition floor.
Work to repair a fire-hit medieval hotel in Gloucester is underway as crews have started work to strip back some of the modern trappings and reveal the historic framework.
Options for in-person and virtual delegates to explore ‘heritage on the edge’ across up to 4 days of IHBC engagement & learning.
The Secretariat to the European Heritage Heads Forum has has coordinated its declaration of solidarity and support for Ukraine’s cultural heritage institutions.
2022 will see the IHBC mark a quarter of a century since our incorporation as a professional body supporting and accrediting built and historic environment conservation specialists. We’re kick-starting it by inviting your ideas on how to mark this special year!
The IHBC’s latest Guidance Note adds to the institute’s open-access, online practitioner’s Toolbox.