The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is delighted to bring the Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland for the first time to celebrate the efforts of local people, either individuals or groups, who have saved historic buildings and places. The Awards which have been running successfully for many years in England and Scotland are funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Department for Communities. Their introduction to Northern Ireland is welcomed by all in the local Heritage sector

The Inaugural Awards Ceremony will take place on:
Tuesday 7 November 2017
Grand Opera House, Belfast.

Each Award winner will then move forward to represent Northern Ireland for best overall winner at a high profile ceremony on:
Monday 20 November 2017
Palace Theatre, London.


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  • This award recognises volunteers and professionals, individuals and groups who have rescued a historic building. This category includes buildings on the Listed Buildings Database. The building does not have to be listed, it could be part of a conservation area or a local building of significant interest. The age or type of building does not matter as long as it is historic. All sizes of rescue projects are eligible, as it is the action taken to rescue them that will be judged.

  • This award will recognise the contribution to heritage projects by young people up to the age of 25. The award can be for individuals or groups and can include students and/or young apprentices. Groups can include school children, projects from social clubs or local volunteer groups. The ‘contribution’ should be towards a heritage project or place (as above, this doesn’t have to be listed). Adults may enter an application on behalf of under 16s and where relevant both would be acknowledged.

  • This award will recognise a volunteer, professional individual or apprentice who has demonstrated the application of craft skills that have been key in repairing or rescuing a historic site. For example, it could be someone who has carved stone gargoyles for a church or repaired a historic window. The craft can be from any discipline, for example, woodwork, masonry, metalwork or thatching.

  • This award recognises volunteers and professionals, individuals and groups who rescue, record or interpret any kind of historic place. This could be an archaeological site or scheduled monument. For example it could be group of local people identifying areas of improvement for their local conservation area, an individual who has restored a historic garden or a team who have helped research archaeological remains in a landscape.

A shortlist of three from the above categories will be invited to the award ceremony at the Grand Opera House on 7 November 2017.

Northern Ireland Public Vote

All 12 shortlisted projects from the four categories above will be open to this award voted for solely by the public.

Overall UK Winner of Angels

The Angel Awards also run in England and Scotland. Andrew Lloyd Webber and a representative of each region’s judging panel will decide on an overall winner from the winning 12 (the category winners in each country). The 4 winning project teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland will be invited to attend the Historic England Angel Awards in London, on 20 November 2017, where the winner will be crowned.

Examples of Previous Winners

To view examples of 2016 English and Scottish Award Winners, please click on the logos below.

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards

How to Enter

Nominations/Applications Now Open.
Deadline August 15 2017.

Nominations for Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland can be made for individuals or groups. The winning individuals and/or groups are the ‘Angels’. However, we recognise that, in most cases, nominations will be made in connection with a heritage project of some kind.

  1. Please read the Criteria and Guidance document and Terms and Conditions before making your nomination.
  2. Download the Application Form.
  3. Please return your application form by email or post to the address below:

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society
The Old Museum Building
7 College Square North

Tel: 028 9055 0213
Email: [email protected]

If you have any queries about the Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland please contact us at the address above.

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  • 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.
    Andrew Lloyd Webber


Buildings of Belfast – Heritage in Song

Local artists to support first ever Heritage Awards for Northern Ireland

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society is pleased to announce that it has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Buildings of Belfast – Heritage in Song. The idea was conceived by local songwriter Brigid O’Neill who will work with the UAHS and other local songwriters including Duke Special, Anthony Toner, Steve McCartney and Gareth Dunlop to compose songs around the heritage theme to raise awareness of the threats and successes of some of Belfast’s most historic sites and buildings. The material will be performed by the artists at the Heritage Angel Awards NI Ceremony in the Grand Opera House on Tuesday 7 November 2017.

The Heritage Angel Awards is an exciting new project for Northern Ireland, launched in June 2017. These annual awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage and are funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Department for Communities. We are looking for individuals and groups who have rescued an historic building, completed heritage projects, worked as craftsmen or apprentices, or perhaps recorded and interpreted a historic place.

Award Categories

  • Best Rescue of a Historic Building
  • Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People (25 and under)
  • Best Craftsperson or Apprentice on a Heritage Rescue or Repair Project
  • Best Rescue, Recording or Interpretation of a Historic Place

Applications close on Tuesday 15th August

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From 26th July 2017 the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society has been out across Northern Ireland hosting public workshops to help local people discover all about the Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland. These workshops will help to explain the award categories and give advice on how you can nominate a person, group or heritage project in your area for an award. By joining us you can learn how a person or project can gain recognition for their tremendous efforts in preserving, protecting and understanding our heritage.

Join us in:
Cookstown, Banbridge, Antrim, Derry~Londonderry and Enniskillen:

  • Wednesday 26th July: Cookstown, Burnavon Theatre, 10.30-12.30
  • Thursday 27th July: Banbridge, Old Townhall, 10.30-12.30
  • Friday 28th July: Antrim, Antrim Gardens, 11.00-1.00
  • Derry~Londonderry 1st August, Verbal Arts Centre, 11:00-1:00
  • Friday 4th August: Enniskillen, Enniskillen Museum, 2.00-4.00

Launch Awards

The Inaugural Launch of the Heritage Angel Awards NI took place on 20 June in Riddel’s Warehouse, Belfast. Dr David Johnston, Chair, UHAS welcomed attendees and expressed his thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and the Department of Communities for their support in bringing the Heritage Angel Awards to Northern Ireland, and added that the Awards present an excellent opportunity to highlight the many successful heritage projects throughout Northern Ireland and to also promote interest and learning to a new audience. Iain Greenway, Director, Historic Environment Division, Department of Communities, stated that the Department is delighted to be associated with and to support the Awards which will help stimulate action in raising awareness of how our heritage can bring benefits now and into the future.

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UAHS is a charitable, membership organisation founded in 1967. It exists to promote appreciation, preservation and conservation of architecture across the nine counties of Ulster. For nearly 50 years the UAHS has established itself as a fearless campaigner for buildings of merit, a generous resource of information on local architecture, and a fair and helpful source of advice. Its main activities include campaigning and lobbying, support and advice, publications and events.

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