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SCT on tour - Belfast edition

7 November 2017

On Tuesday 7 November, Heritage Officer Gaby Laing jetted off to Belfast to attend the inaugural Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland...

Having worked on the last three Scottish Heritage Angel Awards, doing everything from updating the website and ordering gift bags, to 'pressing the buttons at the back', I was ready to relish an evening of simply enjoying the show. And enjoy the show I did.

The first Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland took place in the resplendent surroundings of the Grand Opera House (one of Frank Matcham's finest), Belfast's first listed building.

I was joined by colleages from Historic Environment Scotland and Historic England, whose own Historic England Angel Awards take place on 20 November.

HaaniGrand Opera House Belfast

It was a fantastic opportunity to compare shows and learn from our neighbours in Belfast. I loved how local singer-songwriters were commissioned to write and perfrom songs about the heritage in and around the city, such as Brigid O'Neill's song 'Belfast Angel' about the Art Deco former Bank of Ireland building. This gave the show a real broad appeal.

The highlight for me, however, came from the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr Fred Hammond, who said that his life was truly "in ruins". Whoever said archaeologists didn't know how to joke?

A huge congratulations to Ulster Architectural Heritage for a super inaugural show, and of course to all the winners and highly commended projects.

Click here for the press release and to read more about the winners of the Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland.