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Heritage Heroes Awards 2020: Nominations are now open!

Heritage Heroes Awards 2020: Nominations are now open!

Do you know someone who went in to check on an empty heritage building in lockdown? Do you know someone who checked the safety of precious artefacts, or who gathered supporters online with new ideas to keep the project alive?

Volunteers are vital for the protection of England’s heritage. From caring for rural heritage sites to devising new ways of working remotely, volunteers’ skills, passion, and commitment have proved to be more crucial than ever in this challenging year. 

For over a decade, Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards have celebrated the incredible contribution of volunteers in the heritage sector. More than a simple thank you, these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate how communities can take ownership of the historic environment around them and make a real difference.

There are three awards categories this year: 

  • Heritage In Lockdown Hero Award – for a significant achievement in supporting a heritage project or site during the Covid-19 pandemic by a volunteer or group of volunteers.
  • Supporting the Sector in Lockdown Award – for a volunteer, staff member, or team that has gone above and beyond to support the heritage sector during Covid-19.
  • Digital Heritage Hero Award  – for a volunteer or group of volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting a heritage organisation/project digitally in 2020. 

More details about the award categories and criteria can be found on the nomination form

To Apply

Nominations must be made by a member of the Heritage Alliance or any member of a Heritage Alliance Member, except for nominations for Digital Heritage Hero which may be made by any UK heritage organisation. 

Please complete the nomination form here and submit EITHER a short 2-minute non-professional video OR a 300-word nomination with 3 photos. Full terms and conditions can be found on the nomination form.

Please submit your application to by 11 January 2021.


The winner will be notified by 15 January 2021 and will be asked to produce a short video about their achievement that will be presented at the Heritage Alliance’s Digital Heritage Day on 11 February 2021. 

The Heritage Alliance and Ecclesiastical will commit to promoting the winning projects/heritage organisations on social media and will feature the winners on the Heritage Alliance website. In addition, the Heritage Digital Hero winner will be featured on the Digital Heritage Hub. The winner will also receive a framed certificate signed by the Chair of the Heritage Alliance.