HERITAGE volunteers from Edinburgh are among the first in the country to receive prestigious new awards for their work in the community.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Scottish Waterways Trust canal college project and Patrick Cave-Browne, who has dedicated more than 20 years to Scotland’s archaeological sector, collected Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.
They were honoured at the inaugural awards ceremony in the Royal Lyceum Theatre on Monday night.
Funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the awards are designed to recognise and celebrate efforts to better understand, appreciate and protect Scotland’s heritage and history.
Mr Cave-Browne was responsible for fostering the use of hands-on skills and educational outreach programmes to children at the Royal Blind School and those with special education needs. He said: “Archaeology is a true personal passion and a fascinating element of Scotland’s heritage that continues to captivate and educate us today.
“It’s something that we can all engage with at some level and this is an area that my work with Archaeology Scotland is helping to see realised.”
The volunteers involved with the Scottish Waterways Trust canal college, all aged 16-25, alongside their 24 mentors, were named as winners in the Capacity Building category for their work exploring and discovering the built and cultural heritage that Scotland’s waterways hold.
Karen Moore, chief executive of Scottish Waterways Trust, said: “Canal college was a fantastic initiative for all those involved and to not only have been nominated but to have been named as Angel Award winners is a very special and proud moment for everyone.
“This programme engaged our students with a whole host of activities and enabled them to foster real transferrable skills from everything including recording and conservation right through to stone carving and surveying.”
The Scottish and Fire Rescue Service (SFRS) won the Angel for the Sharing and Celebrating sector, for its work to raise awareness, educate and protect Scotland’s firefighting heritage.
Lewis Ramsay, assistant chief officer at the SFRS, said: “I’m extremely pleased that our heritage volunteers, many of whom have served their careers in the fire service, have been awarded this fantastic accolade. It’s testament to their dedication, enthusiasm and for all the valuable work they do to engage people with our fire heritage and promote fire safety today.”
Scotland’s first-ever band of “Angels” were chosen by a judging panel of six, including journalist Sally Magnusson, who hosted the event.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards celebrate and pay tribute to all that is best about those volunteers who are engaged and passionate about Scotland’s heritage.”