7 November 2017
On Tuesday 7 November, Heritage Officer Gaby Laing
jetted off to Belfast to attend the inaugural Heritage Angel Awards
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
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
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
A huge congratulations to Ulster Architectural Heritage for a
super inaugural show, and of course to all the winners and highly
Click here for the press release and to read more about the winners of the Heritage
Angel Awards Northern Ireland.