The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards

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The Foundation

The Marsh Charitable Trust was founded in 1981 with the sum of £75,000 by its current Chairman, Mr Brian Marsh OBE. His aim was to create a sustainable way to give something back to society, by supporting the organisations and people who are making a difference, as best he could.

From the outset the Trust has aimed to create long-standing relationships with the organisations it supports and partners through both its principal areas of work; the Grants Programme and the Awards Scheme.

The Trust supports around 350 charities every year through the Grants Programme and gives around 80 different Awards to individuals and groups from across the charity sector, who make a difference to a cause that they believe in.


The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards

The Council for British Archaeology is delighted to partner with the Marsh Charitable Trust in delivering the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards. We fully support the Trusts view that it is people who are at the heart of the charity sector and who voluntarily or professionally go above and beyond to make a difference.

The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of these people who are committed to social, cultural, and environmental causes.

The awards showcase excellence in archaeology, celebrating the passion and dedication of individuals and the outstanding contribution of archaeology projects which create social, cultural and environmental benefit.

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The Awards have 4 categories...

  • Community Archaeologist of the Year - This award recognises an individual volunteer or professional who is going above and beyond their role to contribute to community archaeology.
  • Community Archaeology Project of the Year - This award recognises and promotes the results of research and/or fieldwork led by community groups which have made a substantial contribution to knowledge and wellbeing.
  • Young Archaeologist of the Year – This award is for a young person under the age of 18 who has made an outstanding contribution to community archaeology or a youth engagement project.
  • Youth Engagement Project of the Year – This award is for a project that has made an outstanding contribution to archaeology and youth engagement, ensuring that the participation of young people was central to the delivery of the work.

Who are the 2022 Winners and Highly Commended?

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2022 Winners

Our 2022 winners were announced at the launch event of the 2022 Festival of Archaeology on July 16th. Find out who they are.

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This year's Community Archaeologist of the year is........

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Andrew Mayfield 

Andrew is a Community Archaeologist with the Royal Parks in Greenwich and Kent County Council, committed to sharing his passion for and knowledge of archaeology with others. Outside of work Andrew commits his time to supporting voluntary archaeology groups including Shorne Woods Archaeology Group, Young Archaeologists' Club and the Enabled Archaeology Foundation.

You can watch a clip of Andrew as he finds out he has won the award below.

 

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The Community Archaeology Project of the Year 2022 is .......

Uncovering Roman Carlisle 

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Uncovering Roman Carlisle was a community excavation which centred around the site of a Roman bathhouse and provide a unique opportunity for residents to connect with the Roman history of the city. The project provided skills training, improved wellbeing, particularly through the pandemic, and helped participants discover more about the place they live.  

Uncovering Roman Carlisle is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by a partnership between Carlisle Cricket Club, Wardell Armstrong LLP, Carlisle City Council and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. 

Twitter Accounts:  

Wardell Armstrong @WA_LLP, Carlisle City Council @CarlisleCC, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery @TullieHouse, Carlisle Cricket Club @carlisle_cricke 

Websites:   

Uncovering Roman Carlisle | Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery,  

Archaeology and Heritage Services in the UK | Wardell Armstrong (wardell-armstrong.com) 

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The Young Archaeologist of the Year 2022 is......

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Jack Goodchild 

Jack has been interested in archaeology from a young age and enjoys exploring heritage sites around the UK and around the world. Jack is a YAC member and Cub Scout and recently achieved his archaeology badge.

Jacks three big passions at the moment,which are the Incas, Mayans and World War 2. He loves the variety that the past has to offer and how amazing the diversity is.

 

Youth Engagement Project of the Year 2022 Youth Engagement Project of the Year 2022

The Youth Engagement Project of the Year is.....

The Stiances Archaeology Project 

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Newick Primary School’s annual archaeological project has been running since 2010. It has enabled students aged 4 to 11 to have a go at geophysics, excavation and other activities. It has also supported them to learn about the history of their local area. The project is also supported by teachers, parents and the wider local community.

Work in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019 revealed an assortment of post-medieval finds at the ‘Cottage Site’ including pottery dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries, a significant group of clay pipes, large quantities of brick and tile from the fabric of the cottage itself and an assortment of other domestic artefacts. Test-pitting of other areas of the field has recovered evidence of medieval activity focussed on a number of potential house platforms, and the more unexpected discovery of a scatter of Mesolithic flintwork. Other activities undertaken in the field include site reconnaissance, examination of historic maps, finds identification and plenty of finds washing.

2022 Highly Commended

Find out which projects and individuals were highly commended in 2022.

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The Highly Commended Community Archaeologists' of the Year are....

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Cat Lodge 

Cat Lodge is a county archaeologist in North Somerset and active supporter of archaeology in the local area including the Rusty Club Young Archaeologists' Club. Cat also works with a local museum to deliver activities, including throughout the recent pandemic and helped to develop Know Your Place a digital mapping website highlighting the local heritage of the west of England.


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Ian Grant 

Ian Grant is a Senior Archaeologist with Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and leads community focused fieldwork teaching people of all ages. Ian also leads Cwmwd Iâl, a medieval reenactment group, bringing the past to life and engaging the wider public in Welsh heritage.  


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Kevin Mounsey 

Kevin Mounsey has worked as an archaeologist in the North West for over 20 years. Despite retiring, Kevin continues to fill his time with archaeology, supporting a number of community projects such as the community excavation of Carlisle Cricket Club where he shared his passion and skills with over 300 volunteers.     

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The Highly Commended Community Archaeology Projects of the Year are....

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Caistor Roman Project 

Caistor Roman Project is a well-established community archaeology group researching the area in and around the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund, Norfolk. The group enable a wide range of people to participate in their work offering training and support, including partnerships with Operation Nightingale and the British Legion.

Main project website: https://caistorromanproject.org/ 

2021 Excavation blog https://templefield2021.wordpress.com/ 

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Caught in a Tudor Web 

Caught in a Tudor Web is a project led by volunteers at the Colchester YCA and supported by Colchester Castle Museum and Roman Circus House. Members of Colchester YAC researched the experiences of protestants in Essex during the Tudor period working with graphic designers to turn their research into a leaflet and heritage trail for the community. 

Blog: https://yacpandemic.blogspot.com/2022/02/a-from-ordinary-to-extraordinary-story.html 

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The Highly Commended Young Archaeologists' of the Year are....

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Evan Pearce 

Evan is a keen experimental archaeologist and has recently built his own Saxon house in the garden. Evan also enjoys digging and has been developing his skills on a number of excavations including a Saxon burial site and a medieval abbey.


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Ben Dobson

Ben is a Young Leader at his local Beaver Scout Group and has been developing activities for and running the delivery of the Derbyshire Scouts Archaeology Badge for the club. Ben hopes to go on to study archaeology at university. 

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The Highly Commended Youth Engagement Projects of the Year are....

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The Secret Life (and Death) of Pets 

This project was co-created and delivered by members of Brighton YAC and saw them create an interactive map revealing the stories of the residents of Preston Manor’s late Victorian and Edwardian pet cemetery in Brighton.

Social media:

www.instagram.com/brightonyac/  

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Old’s Cool Archaeology Project 

A youth-led intergeneration archaeology project exploring the heritage of the coast and waterways of Leith, Scotland. Old’s Cool brought together helped young people develop skills in exploring and recording archaeology and enabled them to develop a range of creative outputs including a Top Trumps game and heritage walk.

Social media:

Citadel Youth Centre : Intergenerational Work

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