Do you know a Suffolk heritage champion? New awards launched

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The awards will recognise those who have protected Suffolk's heritage. - Credit: iWitness

The EADT has linked up with the Suffolk Preservation Society to launch a new awards scheme highlighting the work of local people and communities in looking after the county's local historic places and buildings. 

It is aimed at highlighting some of the places that don't always get the attention they deserve.

Fiona Cairns of the Suffolk Preservation Society

Fiona Cairns of the Suffolk Preservation Society - Credit: Archant

SPS director Fiona Cairns said: "Sometimes people don't always recognise the great work they are doing, as heritage is sometimes - wrongly - thought to be all about stately homes or whole conservation areas involving legions of experts.

"Yet, the reality is that the vast majority of good conservation work in Suffolk is being carried out by or under the direction of local people.

"Whether that be one person or a group working and caring for part of their local heritage, such as tending gravestones in their local churchyard, a listed building owner going the extra mile in conservative repair, or a group who have worked to protect a special historic place from decline or insensitive development.

"These are the very heritage champions that our latest awards, in association with the EADT, seek to recognise, promote and congratulate."  

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The EADT has linked up with the Suffolk Preservation Society for the new awards - Credit: Archant

The Suffolk Heritage Champion Awards is set to go live on 21 June - Suffolk Day - and will be open for submissions for three months, with the winners announced towards the end of October.

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Bethany Philbedge, the Society's planning officer, said: "We believe these awards are long overdue. When we ran our Suffolk Beauty photographic competition a few years ago, we were very pleased by the number and quality of entries. We're convinced that the Heritage Champion Awards will generate a similar level of interest.

"Most communities in Suffolk have a real sense of stewardship and place and want to hand on our precious heritage to future generations in a better condition than when they found it."

The Heritage Champion Awards comprise two categories: an award for an individual’s contribution to a heritage building or site and an award for best community campaign to protect a heritage building or the historic environment

Ms Cairns added: "We want to make entering the awards as simple and as straightforward as possible. So, we'll be accepting self-nominations, as well as nominations by third parties and will only require a maximum of 200 words and a couple of pictures, one of which should be a photograph of the person or people being nominated, and one of the project."

More details about the entry requirements for each of the Heritage Champion Awards categories will be available shortly on the society's website.