The third Heritage Angel Awards NI were celebrated at a ceremony at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh on the evening of 29th October 2019. The awards aim to celebrate unsung angels of local heritage- individuals or groups, who have rescued an historic building or site, worked as craftspeople or apprentices, or recorded and interpreted a historic place.

It was supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Department for Communities, Historic Environment Division in 2019. The Heritage Angel Awards are not just about heritage, but the people that make heritage projects happen. Showcasing what is possible when people take interest in and take action for the care and consideration of our heritage.  Members of the public were also given the opportunity to choose their favourite shortlisted project by participating in the highly popular Public Vote.

The inaugural ceremony took place in 2017 in the Grand Opera House, Belfast and in 2018 the Guild Hall, Derry~Londonderry hosted the event.  Northern Ireland also holds the honour of receiving the prestigious overall UK Heritage Angel Award in 2018 for Foyle Civic Trust’s  Walled City Partnership’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

2019 Awards Gallery

Heritage in Song

The 2019 Awards Ceremony was hosted by Wendy Austin, with special guest presenters Joe Mahon and Marie Louise Muir

Labelled in 2017 as the ‘Heritage Oscars’. The Heritage in Song project which combines music and word included performances from project curator Brigid O’Neill, Armagh natives Tony Villiers and Ríoghnach Connolly, as well as The 4 of Us – Brendan & Declan Murphy and the Armagh Pipers.  The artists performed bespoke material on local sites including Armagh Gaol; The Seven Houses and both Cathedrals. Poet Maria McManus also performed a specially created piece on the Armagh Observatory.


Congratulations to all of the winning and short listed projects.

Their inspirational stories can be viewed here.