Members of the public are being invited to vote for their favourite Heritage Angel under an awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation.
Fifteen people and projects have been selected for the awardsâ€™ shortlist and everyone is invited to say which one they think should win the â€˜Peopleâ€™s Choiceâ€™ award.
Details are on the Heritage Angel Awards Wales webpages and voting closes at midnight on 4 November, 2018.
The winners will be announced on 8 November at Caerphilly Castle â€“ a chance to see who has been chosen and whether the public vote and the judgesâ€™ decisions agree.
Six awards will be given out at the ceremony at Caerphilly Castle on 8 November presented by Rhys Mwyn (BBC Radio Cymru presenter, blogger and archaeologist). Five winners will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges chaired by Baroness Kay Andrews.
The sixth award will be for the publicâ€™s favourite and everyone has a vote â€“ so have a look at the Heritage Angel Awards Wales website, be inspired by the work of volunteers, trainees, apprentices, young people and heritage professionals in repairing or rescuing historic buildings or making new discoveries, and vote for the one you think should win an award.
The fifteen shortlisted by the judges are:
Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
- Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff
- Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Carmarthenshire
- Unloved Heritage â€“ Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel
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
Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
- Discovering Old Welsh Houses Group
- The Lost World of the Welsh Chapel
- Archif Menywod Cymru / Womenâ€™s Archive Wales
Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (for projects under Â£5m)
- Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd
- Insole Court, Cardiff
- Plas Kynaston, Cefn Mawr, Wrexham
Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place (for projects in excess of Â£5m)
- St Fagans, Cardiff
- Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
- Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion
Notes for Editors
Heritage Angel Awards Wales is a new Welsh awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation.
About the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Andrew in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit; since inception Andrew has been the principal provider of funding for all its charitable activities. In 2010, the Foundation embarked on an active grant giving programme and has now awarded grants of over Â£19.5m to support high quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities. Significant grants include Â£3.5m to Arts Educational Schools, London to create a state of the art professional theatre, Â£2.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust, Â£1m to The Architectural Heritage Fund, $1.3m to the American Theatre Wing and over Â£350,000 annually to fund 30 performing arts scholarships for talented students in financial need.
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales are administering the Awards in Wales on behalf of the Heritage Angel Awards Wales Steering Group.
The steering group is made up of representatives of a number of Welsh organisations including Cadw, the National Trust, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Welsh Archaeological Trusts, the Council for British Archaeology Wales Cymru, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the Royal Society of Architects in Wales, GlandÅµr Cymru â€“ Canal and River Trust in Wales, and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
The judges for the Awards are:
- Baroness Kay Andrews, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales
- Cefyn Burgess, the internationally renowned textile designer and artist known for his paintings of Welsh chapels.
- Andrew Teilo, the actor who plays the part of Hywel Llywelyn in Pobol y Cwm, the long-running soap opera broadcast on Welsh-language station S4C.
- Jamie Davies, a member of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Wales and trustee of the LlÅ·n Maritime Museum.
- Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk of the National Assembly for Wales
- Rhys Mwyn, BBC Radio Cymru presenter, blogger and archaeologist
Winners of the five categories and the result of the public vote will be announced at the Awards Ceremony. Rhys Mwyn (BBC Radio Cymru presenter, blogger and archaeologist, former singer with the Welsh band, â€˜Anhrefnâ€™) will present the Heritage Angel Awards Wales in Caerphilly Castle on Thursday 8 November.
The five categories are:
- Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
- Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
- Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
- Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place for projects under Â£5m
- Best Major Regeneration of an historic building or place for projects in excess of Â£5m
Images 1 & 2 â€“ Insole Court, Cardiff, before and after restoration by the volunteers of the Insole Court Trust.
Images 3 & 4 â€“ Plas Kynaston, Wrexham, converted to much-needed housing by the Welsh Georgian Trust.
Image 5 â€“ Rachael Cochrane, an apprentice with GlandÅµr Cymru â€“ the Canal and River Trust, working on the restoration of the Brynich Aqueduct, near Brecon.
Image 6 â€“ Caerphilly Castle, venue for the Heritage Angel Awards Wales on Thursday 8 November 2018.
Further images are available
Angharad Williams, Public Engagement Manager, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
01970 621 237 firstname.lastname@example.org
Maeâ€™r datganiad hwn hefyd ar gael yn y Gymraeg.
This press release is also available in Welsh.
October 5, 2018