Thanks to Roger Woodley for the photographs taken at the Excellence Fair.

Europa Nostra Award Ceremony, Athens

Representatives of Pennine Prospects travelled to Athens in June 2013 to attend the 50th Anniversary Europa Nostra Congress. The Watershed Landscape Project is one of 30 projects from across Europe to be awarded a prestigious Laureate in the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2013. See here for more information.

Laureates were invited to give a short presentation on their project at the Europa Nostra Excellence Fair. Louise Brown, Community Archaeologist, presented the work being carried out as part of the Watershed Landscape Project to fellow laureates, Europa Nostra members, and Congress participants.

The European Heritage Awards Ceremony was held in the Odeion of Herodes Atticus - a venue with a capacity of 5000. At the ceremony, short videos were shown of each of the winning projects. Pam Warhurst, Chair of Pennine Prospects, received the Laureate from Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra. In his speech, Plácido Domingo said of all the laureates 'This is the moment the whole of Europe says 'thank you' for your efforts. You have proven, once again, that even in the hardest economic circumstances, cultural heritage projects can inspire talents and rally support from public and private sources, and can become a success story.'

For more information about the awards ceremony, including video clips and photographs, click here.

South Pennines Watershed Landscape Project –
raising the profile of the South Pennines across Europe