The AHF is delighted that two projects with AHF connections are on the list - in particular the High Mill Open Gallery Project at Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works have been shortlisted in the ‘Caring and Protecting’ category for their volunteer efforts towards the £2.9 million which brought a derelict building back into active use, as well as the conservation and display of previously unseen objects from the museum's collection. The AHF supported the project with a Project Development Grant of £25,000 towards a project organiser and professional fee costs.
In addition, one of the AHF’s own staff is also involved in the awards - the Support Officer for Scotland, Gordon Barr, is also a volunteer Trustee of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, which has been shortlisted under the ‘Sharing and Celebrating’ category for bringing back community and business uses to the Victorian-built Burgh Halls in Glasgow, as well as the safeguarding of an important collection of local history artefacts.
Other ‘Angels' also recognised include those behind the restoration of a memorial tower on Orkney, and a Borders-based project that has recorded Scotland's industrial brick makers are amongst those to have been chosen to go through to the finals of the 2016 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.
Highlighting a diverse range of voluntary activities and projects from across the country, the 12-strong shortlist also includes volunteers behind the recording of monuments within Dunfermline Abbey's Graveyard, a project exploring the history behind the once grand 18th century Castlemilk House and Estate in Glasgow and a unique film and digital project that encourages people to engage with archaeology and history in a new and exciting way in Dumfries and Galloway and further afield.
Now in its second year, the awards, which welcomed over 50 nominations for heritage volunteers across the length and breadth of the country, the awards will once again recognise and celebrate the efforts of volunteers in helping to better understand, protect and value Scotland's heritage and history at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh, this October.
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