Also recognised in the awards is the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings selected for its long term "supreme achievements". The jury said the Society's accomplishments were an example of how to protect heritage for future generations and that its influence on heritage policy and practice had been profound. The Society was founded by William Morris in 1877 as concern grew that the historic fabric of too many buildings was being lost.
Other UK winners include, The Poundstock Gildhouse in Bude, Cornwall, for its "meticulous" conservation work and use of traditional techniques and "Crossing cultures": Transforming the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, for its innovative approach to presenting history.
The annual awards are supported by the European Commission's Culture Programme and Europa Nostra (a pan-European NGO which brings together 250 non-governmental and non-profit organisations from more than 50 European countries). They highlight excellence in conservation, research, education, training and awareness-raising, as well as dedicated service by individuals and groups.