On Saturday 5th November, the winners of this year’s English Heritage Angel Awards were revealed on BBC 2’s Culture Show in a special ceremony, hosted by presenters Clare Balding and Graham Norton and held at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. Michael Winner and Danielle Hope helped to present the awards.
The English Heritage Angel Awards scheme was launched by Andrew Lloyd Webber earlier this year to celebrate the work of individuals and groups who have saved a significant historic building or place that was at risk of being lost forever. The awards were judged by Andrew and Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, Charles Moore of the Telegraph, historian Bettany Hughes and the Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres.
The 2011 winners across the five categories were:
Best craftsmanship employed on a heritage rescue – Graham A. Forge, for works to The Smythe Barn, Westenhanger
Best rescue of an industrial site – The Friends of Pleasley Pit for rescuing Pleasley Colliery, Mansfield
Best rescue or repair of a place of worship – Left Bank Leeds, for rescuing the former Church of St Margaret of Antioch, Leeds
Best rescue of any other entry on the Heritage at Risk Register – Joint winners: St Stephen’s Restoration and Preservation Trust, for the rescue of St Stephen’s, Rosslyn Hill and Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and Bristol City council for the rescue of Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol
The favourite as voted for by English Heritage Members and Telegraph Subscribers – The National Trust in partnership with City of Bath College and Nimbus Conservation Ltd. for the craftsmanship employed on the rescue of Tyntesfield Orangery, North Somerset
For more information on the Awards and this year’s winners, click here.
Watch highlights from the English Heritage Angel Awards on BBC 2’s Culture Show via BBC iPlayer here. The Angel Awards feature, narrated by Chief Executive of English Heritage Simon Thurley, begins at 29.21.
Image courtesy of English Heritage. Picture shows some of the judges and presenters of the Awards, from (l-r) Melvyn Bragg, Bettany Hughes, Michael Winner, Danielle Hope, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Moore, Simon Thurley.
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