Special Mention from Europa Nostra Award

Published: 04 March, 2015

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve has been shortlisted in the Europa Nostra Awards. Shetland Amenity Trust, who manage the world class visitor centre, are very proud to have received a Special Mention of the Jury in this highly prestigious Europe-wide competition.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards was launched in 2002 by the European Commission and has been organised by Europa Nostra since then. The Prize promotes excellence, inspires through the “power of example” and stimulates the exchange of best practices in the heritage field across Europe. It also aims to communicate to the general public the beauty and the economic and social value of our cultural heritage.

Chairman of the Jury, Menia Katsamagka said in her response to the application for Sumburgh Head:

“The Heritage Awards Jury - Category Conservation has completed the arduous, yet fascinating task of judging this year’s entries to the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. As Chairman of this Jury, I would like to thank you for submitting your application and for your significant efforts in favour of Europe’s cultural heritage.

“The response to the 2015 Call for Entries was truly impressive in quality. It is heartening to observe the proficiency and care with which our cultural heritage, both built and natural, is being researched, treated, and returned to the place of honour it deserves in our society. This implies that the competition was indeed intense, as only a very limited number of entries could be selected for the Awards available.

“Your entry, although short-listed, was unfortunately not included in the final selection to receive an award. However, I am pleased to inform you that your entry was chosen amongst those entries which receive a SPECIAL MENTION of the Jury.

“Indeed, the outstanding contribution which your entry makes to the conservation and enhancement of heritage was recognised and particularly appreciated by the Jury.”

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve will open for the summers season from 1st April, and work is ongoing to provide a range of activities and events in the lead up to this date, and throughout the summer months. Details will be listed on the website when available.