Heritage Heroes

Volunteers are vital for the protection of England’s heritage. From caring for rural heritage sites to engaging the next generation of visitors, volunteers’ skills, passion, and commitment are the backbone of the heritage sector.

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.


Two Heritage Heroes have been recognised for their exceptional service to the UK’s heritage sector in 2021!

We were delighted to once again host the awards as part of our signature annual event Heritage Day. The winners of the 2021 Ecclesiastical Heritage Heroes Awards were:

Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Hero Award – Richard Johnson

This award celebrates Richard’s contribution to Change Minds, Norfolk Record Office’s mental health programme, which supports people in North Norfolk who have mental health conditions and enables them to research the lives of people in the past. Richard is a Change Minds volunteer historian for the Restoration Trust [Alliance member] and tirelessly advocates for Change Minds and has helped raise over £320,000 for heritage and mental health.

Ecclesiastical’s Digital Heritage Hero Award – Steve Ash

This award celebrates Steve’s contribution to Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust’s [Alliance member] Digital Project which harnessed video to keep Wentworth Woodhouse on the public’s horizon during the pandemic. Steve has developed films about the Trust’s people and places, aims, and achievements, as well as created virtual tours, events and digital games, which have engaged thousands of visitors and supporters.

Please follow this link to read the full details on each of the winners, including a list of those who received commendations.

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