Marsh Archaeology Award 2013
Open to voluntary groups and individuals actively involved in researching the archaeological heritage of the UK.
The Award recognises and promotes innovative and high quality dissemination of the results of research and/or fieldwork through publication, communication and archiving. It is awarded annually to a voluntary group or individual active in the UK.
The 2013 Marsh Archaeology Award winner for Community Archaeology is The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey project.
In 2013 one Marsh Archaeology Award will be made at the CBA's annual general meeting. The Award winner will receive £1,000 to be used as they see fit.
All voluntary groups and individuals actively involved in researching the archaeological heritage of the UK are eligible for the Award. The work cited in the nomination must have been undertaken during the previous three years, although earlier work can also be cited as additional supporting information. The work must have been carried out within the United Kingdom, including its coastal and offshore waters.
Judging will be made by Brian Marsh OBE, of the Marsh Christian Trust, the sponsor of the award, from a short list drawn up by a selection panel chaired by the Director of the Council for British Archaeology.
The Award will be made on the basis of criteria which are considered to be the hallmarks of the dissemination of high quality voluntary research of the archaeological heritage:
- The work was led by a voluntary group, but with the engagement of various interested parties (such as landowners, local authorities, statutory bodies, heritage agencies), as appropriate
- The work made a contribution to knowledge and enhances public education and understanding in relation to archaeology
- The work was presented in a clear and stimulating style with high production, presentation, editorial and design standards using various media, as appropriate
- The work was accessible to wide audiences
- The material on which the work was based has been appropriately archived, or arrangements have been made for archiving in due course
Useful guidance on the standards expected for the publication, dissemination and archiving of archaeological work is available on the Introduction to Standards and Guidance for Archaeological Practice website: www.isgap.org.uk.
Nominations are now closed.
If you have any queries about the Marsh Archaeology Award please get in touch with the Director, Council for British Archaeology, St Mary’s House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ, email email@example.com.
2011 Marsh Archaeology Award winner
Dartmoor Cairn Survey and Repair Project was crowned the winner of the 2011 Marsh Archaeology Award.
The award was presented at the CBA’s Winter General Meeting in London. The two runner up groups, Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project from Worcestershire and the Gloucester City Council Heritage Service & Clutch Clinic Community Group partnership, also received their certificates of commendation, after all three groups gave short presentations about their work. The award was presented by Brian Marsh of the Marsh Christian Trust.
CBA Director Dr Mike Heyworth commented:
'Everybody was amazed by the quality and the diversity of the three finalists - they were all fantastic and deserved to be shortlisted. It’s extremely encouraging to heritage stewardship being used to engage such a wide variety of audiences with their local environment.'
2009 Marsh Archaeology Award winner
The 2009 award recognised and promoted high quality and engaging education work carried out in the UK with people under the age of 18. The winner was Sarah Dhanjal from London. Sarah is currently undertaking PhD research at UCL Institute of Archaeology, exploring attitudes to heritage, and particularly archaeology, in Southall, west London.
Sarah worked for three years at UCL from 2005–2008 as a widening participation and diversity officer, running programmes to encourage the participation of underrepresented groups in archaeology and other subjects. This work included the organisation of ‘taster days’ in archaeology, of school archaeology excavation projects (with the help of the Hendon and District Archaeological Society), participation in the Discover Archaeology Live event at the National History Show (Olympia), providing sessions on archaeology for Hackney primary schools, and participation in Camden Council’s Camden Young Archaeologists’ Project. She also helped to plan events for National Archaeology Week.
During 2008-09 Sarah continued her outreach work in her own time alongside her academic studies, running excavations, teaching sessions and walking tours for local schools. She has also been a volunteer branch leader for the Young Archaeologists’ Club since 2005, and continues to be an outreach worker for UCL Museums and Collections.
Professor Stephen Shennan, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, who was one of the people who nominated Sarah for the Award:
'Her dedication to improving the inclusion of all groups in the field of archaeology is apparent from the enthusiasm she has brought, and continues to bring, to her work at UCL. Sarah has made an enormous contribution to making archaeology more inclusive, all the more remarkable for one so young.'
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2007 Marsh Archaeology Award winners
A range of high quality community archaeology projects from across the UK were celebrated as winners of the Marsh Archaeology Award at the Discover Archaeology Live event at Olympia in 2007.
The judges for the Award were unable to separate the four short-listed entries and with the full support of the award's sponsor, the Marsh Christian Trust, all four projects were declared joint winners and each given a cheque for £500 to support their work.
The winning projects were:
With the North of Scotland the Badsey projects, the judges were particularly impressed by the contribution made to archaeological knowledge and understanding. The Mellor and Royton projects were commended for the high of engagement of the community in their activities.
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