10 National Lottery projects shortlisted for Angel Awards
Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place
1. The Florence Institute: “The Florrie,” as it is known locally, is believed to be the oldest surviving purpose-built boys club in the UK.
2. Wilton’s Music Hall: This beautiful music hall reopened in 2015 as a hub for community activities and events.
3. The Beonna at All Saints Benington: This inspiring project seeks to find a sustainable future for All Saints Church by re-opening as a community, events and heritage centre.
Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place
4. The Temperate House at the Royal Botanic Gardens: A complete transformation of the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse - home to some of our rarest and most threatened plants.
5. Historic Dockyard Chatham: The Fitted Rigging House was restored thanks to National Lottery funding.This Grade I listed building now houses rental spaces for commercial tenancy, helping the financial sustainability of the dockyard.
6. The Cromford Mills Creative Cluster and World Heritage Site Gateway Project: The largest surviving building on Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills site has been transformed into a heritage information centre and creative business hub.
Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
7. Kristy Cooper for Heritage Ability: A project working with sites across the South West to transform access to heritage for deaf and disabled people.
8. Mark Webb for Medieval Coventry: Educating people about medieval Coventry using a mix of traditional and innovative approaches.
Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
9. Reuben Marsh for the First World War Memorial East Window at St Pol de Léon Church: One of the most important stained glass windows in Cornwall is now being preserved.
10. Allen Smelt Mill volunteers: This project seeks a sustainable and low-carbon future for the Allen Valleys, turning the stunning site into a safe and accessible tourist spot.
Update: three winners!
On the evening of 27 November, The Florrie was awarded Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place and the Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place award went to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.
Wilton’s Music Hall won the Historic England Followers' Favourite award, which is voted for by the public.