Max Sinclair Wins English Heritage Angel Award

Issue date: 1st November 2012

Max Sinclair, a founder of the Droitwich Canals Trust, has won the English Heritage Angel Award for the Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site. The award celebrates his drive, commitment and vision that made the restoration of the Droitwich Canals possible.

English Heritages panel of judges sifted through more than 200 applications from all over the country, looking for passion, perseverance and imagination as well as the scale of the challenge and how well it had been tackled. They came up with the following outstanding projects, one for each of the Angel award categories:


  • Best Rescue or Repair of a Place of Worship: St Mary's Church, West Somerton, Norfolk
  • Best Rescue of a Historic Industrial Building or Site: The Droitwich Canals, Wychavon, Worcestershire
  • Best Rescue of Any Other Type of Historic Building or Place: Cockermouth Main Street, Cumbria
  • Best Craftsmanship Employed on a Heritage Rescue: Tynemouth Station, North Tyneside


The winners were chosen by a panel of judges, chaired by Andrew Lloyd-Webber. They were Melvyn Bragg, Bettany Hughes, Charles Moore of the Daily Telegraph, the Bishop of London, the Right Revd Richard Chartres, and Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage.

Each of the winners received their award at a gala ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on the 22nd October.

The ceremony, was hosted by TV presenter Clare Balding, with Graham Norton, Philip Mould, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, Melvyn Bragg and Charles Moore presenting the awards.
IWA would like to thank all those who voted for Max Sinclair.