Harlaxton College has received word of Suzanne Kingsley's nomination for the English Heritage Angel Award, presented to persons who perform extraordinary service in "rescuing" sites important to British and world heritage. The unexpected nomination was made by Dr. Ben Robinson of the English Heritage staff.
The nomination paper gives details of work over the last decade by the Harlaxton team, beginning with these words: "Suzanne Kingsley, the wife of the Principal of Harlaxton College, took on the awesome task of implementing a repair programme for the historic features of the site as a voluntary addition to her role in managing college facilities in accordance with student and staff needs. Her inspirational work has required considerable advocacy, drive, leadership, persistence and creativity. Working with a small finance and estate team, she has secured considerable funding from private donors and funding from English Heritage. She has maintained a campaign of refurbishment, restoration and repairs which has seen several vulnerable buildings prevented from entering the 'Heritage at Risk' register and several removed from the 'Heritage at Risk' register, with their futures now secured."
The nomination cites work on state rooms and residential spaces in the Manor and Carriage House, as well as restoration of the Grade II* listed Lion Terrace, the Grade I listed Schroeder Courtyard, the Grade II listed Gatehouse, the Grade II* listed Walled Garden, Pegasus Tower, "with significant repairs and progress on buildings and structures not individually eligible for inclusion in the English Heritage 'Heritage at Risk' register." The nomination also notes a restoration programme formulated for the huge and "at risk" gazebos and retaining wall.
Suzanne's response is that "No one does this kind of thing by themselves, but it's nice that Dr. Robinson sees that the College has been and is committed to getting these things done. Without the grant support of English Heritage and major US donors, Burkley and Sharon McCarthy, and John and Diane Schroeder, we would not have been able to see these projects accomplished. We have also been fortunate to work with local convservation craftsmen of Skillington Workshop who have added considerable expertise to the restorations. This kind of success is always about getting the right people together."