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Watch: Amma Centre nominated for prestigious Heritage Angels awards

These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage

The search for Northern Ireland’s first Heritage Angels is moving forward with the final Heritage Angel Awards shortlist revealed today.

Armagh group are one of the finalists in the ‘Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People’ category – and they need your votes.

The AmmA Centre, Armagh from Relapse Pictures on Vimeo.

These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage – individuals or groups, who have rescued an historic building or site, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place.

The Angel Awards are not just about heritage recording and rescue and restoration, but the people that make heritage projects happen.

Showcasing what is possible when people take interest in and get involved with the care and consideration of our heritage.

Comprising 12 projects across four different categories, the shortlist showcases a range of diverse heritage initiatives across Northern Ireland.

The 2017 shortlist includes private owners; volunteers; community groups, commercial owners, apprentices, craftsmen and young people.

All of whom have developed their interest in heritage, in different ways and applied their interest into quality schemes in Northern Ireland.

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, said: “Protecting architectural heritage is a vital part of cultural life. Architecture is the most
vulnerable art form and one that I have been passionate about all my life.

“I’m delighted my Foundation can support the Heritage Angel Awards in Northern Ireland and shine a spotlight on those who have made a significant contribution towards protecting the country’s heritage.

“By raising awareness of the impact individuals can have, our aim is to inspire others to get involved and work together to save and protect Northern Ireland’s heritage for our future generations.”

The 2017 Heritage Angel Award Shortlist is:

Category 1: Best Rescue of a Historic Building

House at Main Street, Moira – Anthony & Eleanor Damoglou

Sion Mills Stables – Hearth Revolving Fund

The Dirty Onion – Bill Wolsey

Category 2: Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People

Red Brick Belfast – The participants

Amma Centre, Armagh – Minecraft Project participants

Belfast Hills Community Archaeology Dig – Tom Meharg

Category 3: Best Craftsmanship or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project

Ballycopeland Windmill – Chris Balmer, George Irwin & Kieran Loughran

Mount Stewart – Callum McCaffrey

Ceiling Rose Restoration, Fitzroy Avenue – Bernard Cunningham

Category 4: Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation of a Historic Place

Cleenish Island – Bellanaleck Local History Group

Newry Canal – Inland Waterways Association of Ireland

Mills of Northern Ireland – Sebastian Graham

Cast your vote here.

The overall winner in each of the categories will be named at the Northern Ireland Heritage Angel Awards ceremony on Tuesday 7th November at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

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