We are thrilled to announce that Middleport Pottery, home of world-renowned Burleigh pottery, has been nominated for an English Heritage Angel Award. It has been shortlisted for the Best Rescue of an Industrial Building or Site, along with only three other projects.
The Angel Awards were founded in 2011 by Andrew Lloyd Webber. They celebrate the efforts of individuals and local groups who put hours of hard work, passion and perseverance into saving vulnerable, damaged and derelict historic landmarks.
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, said: ‘We’re so delighted that Middleport Pottery has received this recognition. It confirms the value and national importance of both the restoration project and the Pottery itself. Local people have been key at every step in the project, from community consultations to plan the restoration and new facilities, to the many volunteering hours people have given in visitor services and photography.’
Middleport Pottery was selected for its historic significance, for the success of the restoration project and for the involvement of local young people in the project
Short-listed applicants will be invited to a ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London on 3 November where Andrew Lloyd Webber, Simon Thurley (Chief Executive of English Heritage) and the Bishop of London will pick a winner from each of the four categories. Also at the Awards will be Angels judges George Clarke, Emma Bridgewater and historian Bettany Hughes.
In addition to the award Middleport Pottery has been nominated for, there is an extra public choice prize. Members of the public can visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/angelawards to see the full shortlist and vote for their favourite. The project with the most votes will win the annual English Heritage Followers and Telegraph Readers’ Favourite Angel Award.