Cin­ema is recog­nised for Her­itage An­gel awards

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Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House and two other Ar­gyll her­itage projects have been short­listed for the Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards 2018, it was an­nounced on Wed­nes­day. Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Ltd has been short­listed for the best res­cue of a his­toric build­ing or place (for projects over £2m) award, while Dunoon Burgh Hall Pro­ject has been short­listed for the best res­cue of a his­toric build­ing or place (for projects un­der £2m) award. Don­ald McDougall, mu­seum man­ager at Dunol­lie Cas­tle in Oban, has also been short­listed for the best con­tri­bu­tion to a her­itage pro­ject by a young per­son award. Launched in 2014 and funded by the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber Foun­da­tion (ALWF), and run by the Scot­tish Civic Trust in part­ner­ship with His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land (HES) and Ar­chae­ol­ogy Scot­land, the Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards cel­e­brate both groups and in­di­vid­u­als who have gone above and be­yond in their ef­forts to pro­mote, pro­tect and, in many cases, res­cue Scot­land’s her­itage. Dunoon Burgh Hall Pro­ject, Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Ltd and Don­ald McDougall will join the other fi­nal­ists at the Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards cer­e­mony on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 22 – tak­ing place this year at Glas­gow City Cham­bers – where the even­tual win­ners will be crowned. Su­san O’Con­nor, di­rec­tor of the Scot­tish Civic Trust, said: ‘I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who took time to sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion for this year’s Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards. ‘It re­ally is in­spir­ing to see such a di­verse range of projects from all over Scot­land come for­ward, I’m de­lighted we have this op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise the pas­sion, ded­i­ca­tion and sheer hard-work in­vested by in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties who work tire­lessly to pro­tect and pro­mote our his­tory and her­itage.’ The panel of judges who will de­ter­mine the win­ners in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and Young Scot, joined by a va­ri­ety of well-sea­soned ex­perts in the her­itage field. Alex Pater­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, said: ‘I’d like to ex­tend con­grat­u­la­tions to all the fi­nal­ists for this year’s Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards. ‘The his­toric en­vi­ron­ment has a vi­tal role to play in com­mu­ni­ties up and down the coun­try, from help­ing to re­vi­talise lo­cal ar­eas through the re­use of his­toric build­ings, to sup­port­ing and de­vel­op­ing tra­di­tional crafts and skills. ‘This short­list re­flects the valu­able work be­ing un­der­taken all over the coun­try to care for our his­toric en­vi­ron­ment, of­ten by groups and in­di­vid­u­als who vol­un­teer their time. ‘Dur­ing this Year of Young Peo­ple, it is par­tic­u­larly heart­en­ing to see so many young peo­ple in­volved in her­itage projects.’ The Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Awards run par­al­lel to Her­itage An­gel Awards in Eng­land, North­ern Ire­land and Wales. The cer­e­mony in Lon­don in Novem­ber will see an over­all win­ner se­lected from the four award schemes. Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Ltd was short­listed for the restora­tion pro­ject of the cat­e­gory A listed Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House. The pro­ject has seen the his­toric cin­ema’s Art Noveau façade re­stored along­side up­graded state-of-the-art vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties, as well as a pro­gramme of her­itage ac­tiv­i­ties hosted at the site. It will vie for the ti­tle against Falkirk Town­scape Her­itage Ini­tia­tive (THI), which has helped to re­gen­er­ate the area’s town cen­tre, de­liv­er­ing grant-fund­ing to 80 in­di­vid­ual prop­er­ties, restor­ing or im­prov­ing 15 shop fronts and bring­ing eight empty units back in to use. The third fi­nal­ist is Glas­gow Build­ing Preser­va­tion Trust, for the pro­ject to res­cue and repur­pose the sig­nif­i­cant cat­e­gory B listed for­mer Park­head School build­ing. The site has been brought back in to use as of­fice and com­mu­nity space, while com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties have in­creased aware­ness of the build­ing’s his­tory and her­itage in the lo­cal area.

Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House.

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