Brixton Windmill shortlisted for prestigious award


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Brixton Windmill has been shortlisted for a Museums and Heritage Award for Excellence 2012.

The awards celebrate best practice within museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions, and Brixton Windmill has been shortlisted in the Restoration or Conservation category.

Other attractions shortlisted in this category are the Dean Heritage Centre in the Forest of Dean, the White Tower in the Tower of London, the Extraordinary Ordsall Hall in Salford, and the Watts Gallery near Guildford in Surrey.

Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens, said: "FoWG are really proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It is a testament to the great community support there is in our borough for Brixton Windmill.

"In partnership with Lambeth Council, owners of the building, and with the careful work of project architects Dannatt Johnson, this unique remnant of rural life has been conserved in the heart of inner London. The project to restore this Grade II* listed windmill was enabled by generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"It would be wonderful if a small community-led project like the restoration of Brixton Windmill won this competition ahead of such important heritage sites as the Tower of London. We've all got our fingers crossed!"

The results will be announced at an awards ceremony on 16 May.

The total cost of restoring Brixton Windmill was £581,222. The HLF has contributed £397,700. Lambeth Council £55,130, Friends of Windmill Gardens £2,000 and non-cash contributions are valued at £126,392.

More information at http://www.brixtonwindmill.org/index.htm Photos at http://www.flickr.com/groups/ashbymill/pool/show/

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