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Argyll and Bute heritage projects have been shortlisted for the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2018, with Donald McDougall, museum manager at Dunollie Castle in Oban, shortlisted for the Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by a Young Person.
Donald volunteered time to transcribe letters and documents from the castle’s archives and created an exhibition at the site which explores childhood in Oban in the 19th and 20th century.
Dunoon Burgh Hall has also been shortlisted for the Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place (for projects under £2m), while Campbeltown Community Business Ltd is shortlisted for the restoration of Campbeltown Picture House, and has been nominated for the Best Rescue of a Historic Building or Place (for projects over £2m) award.
Launched in 2014 and funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation (ALWF), and run by the Scottish Civic Trust in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Archaeology Scotland, the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards celebrates both groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote, protect and, in many cases, rescue Scotland’s heritage.
Susan O’Connor, director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said: ‘It really is inspiring to see such a diverse range of projects from all over Scotland come forward, I’m delighted we have this opportunity to recognise the passion, dedication and sheer hard-work invested by individuals and communities who work tirelessly to protect and promote our history and heritage.’
The panel of judges who will determine the winners includes representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Young Scot, joined by a variety of well-seasoned experts in the heritage field.
Alex Paterson, chief executive of Historic Environment Scotland, said: ‘I’d like to extend congratulations to all the finalists for this year’s Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.
‘The historic environment has a vital role to play in communities up and down the country, from helping to revitalise local areas through the reuse of historic buildings, to supporting and developing traditional crafts and skills.
‘This shortlist reflects the valuable work being undertaken all over the country to care for our historic environment, often by groups and individuals who volunteer their time.
‘During this Year of Young People, it is particularly heartening to see so many young people involved in heritage projects.’
Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charitable foundation helped establish the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, said: ‘The Angel Awards shine a light on the special individuals and groups who tackle difficult historic buildings and sites at risk and inspire others to get involved.
‘I applaud everyone who enters the Angel Awards and showcases the marvellous work they are doing to rescue and sustain our heritage.’
The finals will be announced at Glasgow City Chambers on October 22.