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Award Criteria and Guidance



Is my project eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a Wales Heritage Angel Award you must be a group or individual who has done one or more of the following:

  • Rescued a historic building, site, place or landscape
  • Contributed to a heritage project as a young person
  • Used craft skills or trained/be training as an apprentice on a heritage rescue or repair project
  • Researched, documented, catalogued, recorded or interpreted a heritage project, collection or set of records or data.

What are the award categories?

The award categories are:

  • Best Rescue of an Historic Building or Place (for projects under £5m)
  • Best Major Regeneration of an Historic Building or Place (for projects in excess of £5m)
  • Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People
  • Best Craftperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
  • Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording


Overall winner 2018

The five winners from each country will be judged by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a judge from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. One of the 20 eligible projects will be crowned the overall winner.

What ages are covered in the ‘young people’ category?

Anyone up to the age of 25 (age at the time the application is submitted) is eligible in this category.

Are only completed projects eligible?

Projects that have completed within the past ten years, or are due to be completed by the end of October 2018 are eligible to apply for an award.

Do heritage sites have to be a designated Historic Asset to be eligible?

No, a building does not need to be on the Cadw list or in a designated conservation area; however, we would like to know if it is.

How do I check if a site has been listed?

You can search for nationally designated sites on Cadw’s website, http://cadw.gov.wales/historicenvironment/recordsv1/cof-cymru/?lang=en 
Most local authorities have lists and maps of conservation areas they’ve designated on their websites.

What are the terms and conditions?
To be eligible, all applicants and those nominated for an award are asked to sign up to the terms and conditions of the awards.

Award criteria

How will you decide which applications to shortlist?

The judges will use the award criteria below to judge your application/project. The best three in each category will be shortlisted.

The following can help to demonstrate how you meet the criteria in your application form. The list below is a guideline of what the judges will be looking for when assessing your application.

• Need – was there a specific need for the project?
• Completeness – is the project well underway or complete?
• Passion – what made the ‘Angel’ get involved in the project? Why does the project and heritage site mean so much to those involved in the project? What made you continue in the face of adversity?
• Perseverance – what challenges had to be overcome? Did you suffer any setbacks?
• Legacy – how has the project contributed to the future of a heritage site/s? Have any new skills been learnt or shared?
• Imagination – what creative solutions were considered/explored or adopted as part of the project? Was there anything unique about the way you tackled the project?
• Other – what makes your project special?

What do you mean by ‘heritage’?

Heritage is a building, site or area that is of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. This could be a building or group of buildings (including those in use for worship), park or garden, archaeological site, battlefield, wreck site, conservation area or other kind of area or place.

What do you mean by ‘rescue’?

There are different ways in which a site can be rescued and these are largely dependent on the type of site. For example, rescuing a listed building is very different to rescuing a registered battlefield. There is no one right answer or solution that fits every site. That’s what makes our heritage so special.

Whether your project is almost complete or already finished, tell us what you are doing (e.g. major repair project, finding a new use for the site etc.) to ensure that the site is being saved for future generations to understand, enjoy and care for.

If you have any queries please email:  angel@rcahmw.gov.uk

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