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Vote Nelson!

The National Lottery Awards – the Nelson Monument needs your vote now!

Jun 10, 2010

The Nelson Monument project has reached the semi-finals of the National Lottery Award – but to win we need your vote now! Voting ends at 12pm on Friday 18 June.

Vote Nelson - click here or telephone 0844 686 7397

The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite lottery funded projects, and recognise the difference they have made to people and communities across the UK.

In October 2008 the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £50,000 towards the repair of the Nelson Monument and its Time Ball, bringing a much-loved city landmark back to working order. It also enabled a new exhibition to be installed, storytelling sessions for schools and a public event as part of Doors Open Day last year.

The project is now one of nine HLF projects shortlisted for the Best Heritage Project Award. The deadline for voting is midday on 18 June, and the final winner will be announced later this summer.

Why vote Nelson? Here's what the project achieved:

•    Restored one of the most important landmarks in Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
•    Put back into working order one of the last remaining Time Balls in the UK.
•    Brought the history of the monument alive, with storytelling for children and a free public event attended by over 1,300 people.
•    As a result of the project the Nelson Monument is now a four star rated visitor attraction.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage, said: "We're delighted The Nelson Monument and Time Ball Project has reached the semi-finals of The National Lottery Awards. Lottery funding has been crucial in the restoration of this Edinburgh landmark and has allowed us to also add an exhibition that tells the bigger story behind the monument.  We're really hoping the public gets behind us and votes for us in The National Lottery Awards as it would be great to get national recognition for this important piece of living history.”

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