Laurie Wins 2015 'Cultural Heritage Skills Award'
The Creative & Cultural Skills awards are held to acknowledge those individuals responsible for passing on their skills in an exemplary way to others.
Held at the Backstage Centre in London, the award ceremony celebrated the talent of those individuals in such areas as music skills, craft skills, theatre skills, heritage skills etc.
Laurie Lambeth from Lambeth Stonework, was shortlisted and chosen as the winner of the ‘Cultural Heritage Skills’ category. This award recognises the input of an individual to keeping the tradition of heritage skills alive.
Lesley Silvera of the North Pennines AONB Partnership, Laurie's nominator and endorser, said:
"Laurie Lambeth has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage of the dry stone walling features of the North Pennines.”
Laurie Lambeth said:
“Having been involved in dry stone walling and other types of stonework for over sixteen years now, I can honestly say that my recent involvement in teaching has been an extremely interesting and rewarding experience."
"During the last couple of years, I’ve been given the opportunity to work with some great enthusiastic students through the North Pennines AONB’s, Heritage Skills Programme. Hopefully within that time I’ve been able to pass on enough knowledge for them to get a foot on the ladder, ready to start up their own businesses."
The Creative and Cultural Awards stated “In assessing this nomination the judging panel recognised what an outstanding contribution Laurie Lambeth has made to the next generation of the talent for their sector.
Laurie has willingly taken on two trainees into his own small business, and trained them to a high standard in order for them to take their Level 1 and 2 tests in dry stone walling, working on a variety of structures including the iconic Cross Fell shelter a refuge for Pennine Way walkers at 2930ft.
He combines his enjoyment of the outdoor environment with work, and manages to enthuse people even in the most extreme weather conditions. He is an inspiration for many of us”.
"Making sure we keep these heritage skills alive is very important, and it’s nice to have an organisation like Creative & Cultural Skills that recognise some of the hard work and challenges we face along the way. It’s been a real privilege to receive this award and I look forward to continuing to teach in the future.”