The annual English Heritage Angel Awards, founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber and supported by the Telegraph, celebrate the efforts of local people who have saved historic buildings and places. This year's winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London on 21 October.
There were four categories in the 2013 English Heritage Angel Awards:
- The best rescue or repair of a historic place of worship
- The best rescue of a historic industrial building or site
- The best craftsmanship employed on a heritage rescue
- The best rescue of a listed building, scheduled monument, registered park, garden or battlefield, protected wreck site or conservation area
The 'Favourite' Award
But there was also a special award: the English Heritage Followers' and Telegraph Readers' Award, which gave people an opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted project.
Find out who won an English Heritage Angel Award in 2013
You can also find out more about the winners and shortlisted entries by watching four short films which cover each award categories or you can watch films on each individual project on YouTube.
The event at London's Palace Theate was hosted by Paul Martin and the judges were: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Simon Thurley, Bettany Hughes, George Clarke, Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, and Charles Moore of The Telegraph.
What the judges look for:
- Need - was the site at risk and in need of rescue?
- Completeness - is the rescue project well underway or complete?
- Passion - what made the 'Angel' get involved in the project? Why does the rescue 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 the site? 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 rescue?
Are you Interested in Being an Angel?
Every year, the English Heritage Angel Awards open for applications in early Spring. A shortlist is chosen by a panel of experts from the heritage sector and out of these, four winners are carefully picked by our panel of celebrity judges, chaired by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
If you are shortlisted, we'll make a film about your project and you and your group will be invited to London to attend the award ceremony at The Palace Theatre which takes place each October.
Details of the 2014 awards will be posted here in 2014.
If you have any questions about the awards, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.