Photos: Sarah Mason

Celebrating European Success

It was a lovely sunny evening in late July when the Watershed Landscape Project volunteers and project partners were awarded their Europa Nostra Laureate by Dr Peter Collins, Chairman of Europa Nostra UK.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Khadim Hussain, welcomed everyone to the reception held at the Manor House Museum, Ilkley. He praised the work of Pennine Prospects in the South Pennines, and the work of all project partners and volunteers in raising the profile of its cultural heritage. 

Dr Peter Collins, Chair of Europa Nostra UK, in congratulating all concerned on their magnificent achievement, said: ‘Their work has placed the project in the forefront across Europe in demonstrating how an exceptional landscape could be protected and enhanced, whilst promoting an understanding of its rich heritage to inspire present and future generations.’

The Watershed Landscape Project was one of only 30 winners to be selected from nearly 200 nominated projects from across Europe. It was the only UK winner in the ‘Education, Training and Awareness-raising’ category, placing the heritage of the South Pennines and the work of its volunteers firmly on the European stage. Other Laureates in the category included the Irish Walled Towns Network Educational Programme, in Kilkenny, Ireland; Italian Places I Love, in Milan, Italy; Wooden Housing, in Kuldiga old town, Latvia; SOS Azulejo, in Loures, Portugal; and the Living Cabanyal Archive, in Valencia, Spain. The Project was initially awarded the Laureate at the 50th Europa Nostra Congress in June (more info. here).

The Project is really excited to have received such a prestigious award, not only highlighting the fantastic wealth of archaeology and historic features across the South Pennines, but also recognising the hard work of the project volunteers in recording and monitoring aspects of our prehistoric and industrial heritage.