Canal cultural heritage project nominated for top award

Scotland’s first dedicated Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage, bringing Scotland’s 250 year old canal network to life, is in the running for a prestigious award.

Scottish Waterways Trust’s Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage, funded by Historic Environment Scotland, has been shortlisted for the Education and Learning category of the Living Waterways Awards.

Canal and River Trust’s Living Waterways Awards celebrate the achievements of those working together to unlock the benefits of the nation’s canals and rivers, helping to make them exciting places to live, learn and spend time.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Birmingham on 27th September 2017.

The charity’s Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage is Scotland’s first national Canal Officer, and has been engaging with people and communities across all five of the country’s historic canals since 2015.

Tracey Peedle, Director of Development at Scottish Waterways Trust, said:

We’re delighted to be put forward for a national award celebrating the waterways. Our Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage works across the country to engage people and communities with all Scotland’s canals have to offer. From developing exciting volunteering opportunities to enhancing the canals’ historic buildings and structures, the role is bringing to life stories from the canals’ 250-year-old history and helping to preserve our waterways rich heritage for generations to come.