Ann Kilbey Wins Heritage Hero Commendation

Long-time volunteer Ann Kilbey has been recognised with a Commendation in the Heritage Hero Awards, a national awards ceremony hosted by the Heritage Alliance. For over a decade, Ann has been a driving force behind the creation and development of the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive, a phenomenal heritage asset for the South Pennines. Ann has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the area’s photographic heritage is preserved for future generations, and we are delighted that her hard work is receiving this national recognition.

The awards ceremony was held online on Wednesday 9th March, and we held a small gathering at the Birchcliffe Centre to watch the proceedings and celebrate Ann’s accomplishment. The awards ceremony featured short videos submitted by the winning organisations, and we were fortunate that a skilled local film maker, Andy Ball-Shaw, volunteered to produce our video. We are very grateful to Andy, who has done a fabulous job of capturing Ann’s work and the spirit of the Pennine Horizons Digital Archive. We are also grateful to Ecclesiastical Insurance, who sponsor the Heritage Hero Awards, and to the Heritage Alliance for providing this opportunity to recognise the people working hard to keep the heritage sector moving forwards.

The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive is a fantastic resource, and we hope that it will continue to grow and develop, because in Ann’s own words “what happens today is tomorrow’s history!”