Heritage Angel Awards 2018 – Public Vote


The Heritage Angel Awards celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage. The awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 2011 and are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. This year Wales is participating for the first time and our judges have drawn up a shortlist of fifteen people or projects in five different categories.

The judges will be selecting a winner in each category, and they will go on to a finale in London to compete against winning projects from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In addition, we are inviting members of the public to let us know which of the fifteen shortlisted projects they believe is most deserving of an award.

You can find details of the fifteen projects below. You can then go to the ballot page where you can select the project that you wish to vote for (voting is limited to one vote per person).

The ballot closes at midnight on 4 November 2018 and the winner of the public vote will be announced at the Heritage Angel Awards Wales ceremony on 8 November 2018 in Caerphilly Castle’s Great Hall. Details of the public vote and the other winners will be posted on this page after the event.


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Young people

This award will recognise the contribution to heritage projects by young people up to the age of 25.

  • The Armistice Cantata, a seven-movement musical work composed by the children of Thornhill Primary School, Cardiff, and performed by the school choir to commemorate the end of WW1, with lyrics written by the children based on their research in Glamorgan Archives, including themes such as the role of women in the war, the relationship between sons and mothers, the role of the senior staff in the military and the celebrations at the end of the war.
  • Unloved Heritage: a group of young people, Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel (CHYPs), are researching the history of Llawrcwmbach, a distinctive but unrecorded traditional upland farmhouse associated with a lead and silver mine. The house, possibly a former mine manager’s house, had rooms which contained in situ many everyday objects that had been used by the farmer and his family since the mid-nineteenth century. The project has led to a rare opportunity to record the building, uncover the mine’s buddle, and curate artefacts.
  • Ysgol Dyffryn Aman yn Cofio for their project to research the plaque in the school’s assembly hall honouring former pupils who had lost their lives or contributed to the First World War. The pupils undertook documentary research into census returns, newspaper archives and military records, and interviewed the living relations of former pupils to create a booklet, an exhibition for the local library and a contribution to the wider West Wales War Memorial Project.


Apprentice / craftsperson

This award will recognise a volunteer or professional individual who has demonstrated the application of craft skills that have been key in repairing or rescuing a historic site.

  • Rachael Cochrane (apprentice) and Liam Davies (former apprentice, now full-time craft operative) with the Canal & River Trust for their work restoring the Brynich Aqueduct over the River Usk on the Monmouth and Brecon canal, a Grade 2* listed structure and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
  • Matthew Roberts and Brett Burnell, traditional stonemason apprentices, for their work on the construction at St Fagans of Llys Llywelyn, a reconstructed medieval hall based on the excavated remains of Prince Llywelyn’s hall, Llys Rhosyr, near Newborough on Anglesey c. 1237; this replica medieval palace will be used by schoolchildren for sleepovers and learning activities.
  • Hugh Haley, furniture conservationist, for his work restoring the furniture collection at Yr Ysgwrn, including war poet Hedd Wyn’s collection of bardic chairs, amongst which is one of Wales’ most significant pieces of furniture, Y Gadair Ddu (The Black Chair), so named because it was awarded posthumously to the poet at the 1917 National Eisteddfod, after he was killed on the opening day of the Battle of Passchendaele.



Research / presentation

This award recognises those who have helped people understand and enjoy a heritage based project. It is open to everyone from volunteers, professionals, individuals and groups.

  • Margaret Dunn and Discovering Old Welsh Houses: former schools inspector Margaret Dunn is the tireless fundraiser and organiser of a group of 80 volunteers who have studied more than 120 late-medieval houses in North Wales, helping transform our knowledge of medieval Welsh houses and showing that many early storeyed houses in Snowdonia were built in the 16th century – earlier than previously thought – and are more sophisticated, in some respects, than many English dwellings of the same period.
  • Barry Eveleigh (The Lost World of the Welsh Chapel), who works with people with drug and alcohol problems during the day and uses his photographic skills at nights and weekends to record historic chapels that are at risk of being converted to other uses and thereby losing their furnishings; he has made an enormous contribution to our knowledge of historic Welsh chapels by researching some 5,000 chapels so far.
  • Catrin Stevens and Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive Wales: for creating a rich archive of items relating to women’s history, including an oral history project, Lleisiau o lawr y Ffatri /Voices from the Factory Floor, recording the experiences of women who worked in the manufacturing industries from 1945 to 1975.


Under £5m

This award will recognise volunteers and professionals, individuals and groups who have rescued a historic building, place, landscape or site.

  • Restoration of Yr Ysgwrn, the modest hill farm on the southern slopes of Cwm Prysor that was the home of the renowned Welsh poet, Ellis Humphrey Evans, better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn, who was killed in action during the First World War and posthumously awarded the 1917 National Eisteddfod Chair for his ode, Yr Arwr (‘The Hero’).
  • Insole Court, a Grade 2* listed mansion with stables and gardens, the former home of one of Cardiff’s great coal-merchant families, saved by community effort and restored at a cost of £4.5m to provide community facilities with education spaces, a community hall, café, training suite and visitor centre, as well as exhibition spaces telling the story of Insole Court, the history of the Insole family and their role in developing Rhondda steam coal.
  • Plas Kynaston, an important Grade II listed house located within the Cefn Mawr conservation area, in the County Borough of Wrexham, the former home of the Kynaston family whose industrial activities led to the development of the Plas Kynaston foundry which cast the ironwork for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The Welsh Georgian Trust has restored what was a neglected and derelict house to provide low-cost single bedroom apartments to meet local housing needs.



Over £5m

This award recognises projects that have seen large scale investment, probably in excess of £5 million pounds, put into saving, rescuing or regenerating a building or place.

  • St Fagans: the £30m redevelopment of Wales’s open-air museum to tell the story of Wales through its buildings, including a reconstructed Iron Age farmstead (Bryn Eryr), a reconstructed medieval prince’s court (Llys Llywelyn) and the transformation of the post-war Main Building (listed grade II) to created new galleries and the Weston Centre for Learning.
  • The Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, founded in 1911 from the bequest of copper magnate Richard Glynn Vivian (1835–1910) is one of the few public buildings to survive the bombing that destroyed the centre of Swansea during World War II. The building’s redevelopment has ensured the future of the building and the growing art collection which together are of pivotal importance in the cultural heritage of Swansea and Wales.
  • Cardigan Castle, birthplace of the Eisteddfod in 1176 and the first stone castle built by a Welshman, restored over a ten-year period by the volunteers of the Cadwgan Building Preservation Trust after a community campaign that raised £12m of grant funding and donations. Having opened to the public in April 2015, it now attracts 30,000 visitors a year and has played an important role in the economic regeneration of the town.


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