Shortlist announced for English Heritage Angel Awards 2012.
A World War I airfield, a flood-damaged town centre, a windmill in Brixton, a Northumbrian castle, a Victorian station, a shell grotto in Margate, a Sikh temple, a hydro-electric power plant, a shipwreck site and a Art Deco cinema are among 16 heritage rescue projects chosen to go forward to the finals of the English Heritage Angel Awards in London on 22 October.
Films of the shortlisted candidates are also available to view now.
Backed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the Angels celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups all over the country who put hours of effort, enthusiasm and endurance into saving derelict and severely damaged historic landmarks from being lost forever.
Heritage experts met recently to sift carefully through more than 200 applications from all over the country. Looking for passion, perseverance and imagination as well as the scale of the challenge and how well it had been tackled, they came up with the following shortlist of four outstanding projects for each of the Angel award categories:
Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship
Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site
Best Rescue of any other type of Historic Building or Place
Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue
Edward Impey, Director of Heritage Protection and Planning, said: "The Isles of Wonder Olympic opening ceremony presented our nation's history to the world. This rich and dynamic history is the context for every aspect of our lives and it is thanks to the people on this extraordinary shortlist and thousands like them that its legacy in bricks, timber, stone -and even shells - is kept alive and intact. The task facing the judges this year is indeed Olympian!"
The shortlisted candidates have all been invited to attend a glittering award ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London's West End which will be hosted by TV presenter, Clare Balding.
The judges, whose task is to whittle the shortlist of 16 down to just one winner in each of the four categories, are Andrew Lloyd Webber; Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage; Melvyn Bragg; Charles Moore of the Telegraph; historian Bettany Hughes and the Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres. The winners will be announced on stage at the awards ceremony.
The Telegraph is media partner for the awards and the Awards are co-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation: www.andrewlloydwebberfoundation.com.