Countdown is on for Scotland's heritage volunteers

Final chance to enter Andrew Lloyd Webber backed awards initiative

Time is running out for heritage volunteers across the country to enter the second annual Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.

With just a fortnight left until entries close on Friday 12 August, volunteers or 'Angels' who contribute to Scotland's historic environment are being urged to step forward and enter or nominate a deserving individual or group.

The free to enter awards scheme - funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation - recognises and celebrates the important efforts of volunteers in helping to better understand, protect and value Scotland's heritage and history. All for the benefit of current and future generations.

Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose charity established the awards initiative in Scotland, said:"After a successful and inspiring first year, I'm thrilled my Foundation can help the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards return and recognise everyone who is working tirelessly to preserve their heritage. I urge those of you who are involved in saving heritage to come forward and let us celebrate your achievements."

Entries are still being welcomed across five different categories. Including the Young Heritage Angel Award; a new addition for this year's programme that seeks to recognise the valuable efforts of young people.

The Scottish Heritage Angel Awards 2016 categories are:

•           Investigating and Recording

•           Caring and Protecting

•           Sharing and Celebrating

•           Young Heritage Angel Award

•           Lifetime Contribution to the Historic Environment

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh's iconic Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 18 October.

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust, said: "With just two weeks left until the closing date for this year's Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, time is running out for the country's heritage volunteers to come forward.

"We hope to build upon last year's inaugural awards success, which welcomed over 80 submissions from across the length and breadth of Scotland. I'd encourage those who haven't already done so to submit their application and enter for the chance of being named a 2016 'Angel'.

"These awards give us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the individuals and groups behind a great wealth of projects and activities, both big and small, and their work, which directly contributes to our wider historic environment."

The awards are delivered in partnership with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Civic Trust, Archaeology Scotland and the Scottish Government. The initiative supports the delivery of Scotland's historic environment strategy - Our Place in Time, which places a strong focus on supporting and enabling community participation and engagement across the historic environment.

Applications for this year's awards programme close at midnight on Friday 12th August. For full details on how to enter, or nominate someone else, for an Angel Award please visit

You can find out about the 2015 inaugural Scottish Heritage Angel Award Shortlist and Winners here