The Kirkmichael Trust
SHORTLISTED CATEGORY E: Best Heritage Research, Interpretation or Recording
The Kirkmichael Trust aimed to rescue the ornate crosses of Kirkmichael and nearby Cullicudden before they were lost forever - to display them, publicise them and interpret them so that their national importance was recognised by all. The medieval ornate crosses are carved in sandstone, each one with a unique design, but very effected by the harsh Scottish weather. Those stones most at risk were taken inside Kirkmichael Church, conserved, and displayed under sympathetic lighting. Sculptors Richard Groom and David Lindsay re-carved two of the most damaged crosses, and these new stones became centrepieces in the church, allowing visitors to gain the full effect of these medieval crosses as when first carved. The project rescued a precious heritage resource from certain loss, and have created a remarkable display that is enjoyed by the local community and further afield.