THE Guildford Hotel is one of the finalists in the 2017 WA Heritage Awards.
Heritage Council chairwoman Anne Arnold said this year the awards celebrated 25 years of honouring the leading contributors to heritage conservation, adaptive reuse, promotion, tourism and interpretation in WA.
“For the past 25 years, the Heritage Awards have played an important role in promoting the excellent work undertaken by our heritage champions,” Mrs Arnold said.
“The high calibre of the 2017 finalists illustrate just how far we have come in developing innovative and exemplary practices in the conservation and promotion of our State’s heritage.
“In recent years, five WA Heritage Award winners have gone on to be honoured in the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, clearly demonstrating the world-class standard of conservation and adaptation in WA.”
Conservation and adaptive reuse finalists include one of Fremantle’s largest renewal projects, the former Dalgety Wool Stores, which has been transformed into Heirloom by Match, the stunning restoration of West End’s Wilhelmsen House, St Georges Terrace’s Palace Hotel, and the former fire-ravaged Guildford Hotel, which has become a popular entertainment venue.
“Among the innovative interpretation finalists are Sound from the Ground, a musical interpretation of the stories of the East Perth Cemetery, and the Historical Panoramas website which provides a unique and visually dramatic way to explore the development of Perth and Fremantle,” Mrs Arnold said.
“Regional projects are also illustrating how heritage can become a tourism driver, such as the Busselton Jetty Experience, the Leonora Heritage Trail, Gwalia’s Gold Exhibition and Geraldton’s Monsignor Hawes Heritage Centre, which uses Hawes’ own words from his extensive records, drawings and diary entries to tell his story.”
Mrs Arnold said the finalists represented a diverse cross-section of volunteers, professionals, organisations and projects, with finalists split evenly between metropolitan and regional areas.
“I congratulate all the finalists whose work has resulted in significant achievements in the promotion and conservation of our rich cultural heritage,” Mrs Arnold said.
The winners will be announced on May 26.
More information on all the finalists can be can be found on the State Heritage website.