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Marsh Award Winner 2015

We are proud to announce this year’s winners of the Marsh Community Archaeology awards. The Marsh Community Archaeology Awards, supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, celebrate excellence in community archaeology and recognise the passion and dedication of the many people working so hard to protect and understand British Archaeology. There are three categories of award:

  • Young Archaeologist of the Year 2015: William Fakes of the Leeds Branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club
    For making an outstanding contribution to community archaeology.
  • Community Archaeologist of the Year 2015: Dr Jon Kenny.
    For inspiring others to share a love of archaeology.
  • Marsh Award for Community Archaeology 2015: The London Wreck project
    For high quality work in the communication and dissemination of archaeological research.
    Highly commended: Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project

Young Archaeologist of the Year 2015: William Fakes

The joy and enthusiasm about archaeology that William inspires is best summed up by Louise Martin the leader of his (Leeds) YAC Branch:

"William shares his love of archaeology with anyone he meets, but particularly enjoys imparting and expanding his knowledge through deep discussions with our branch leaders. He loves to enhance his knowledge by asking lots of questions (sometimes which we can’t answer) and actively joins in our group discussions with detailed explanations. He makes us laugh and is always there to help to help the younger members with a smile on his face.

His sense of ownership of ‘Miggy Park’ (Middleton Park) and being a founder member of the club allow him to be at ease where he is happiest-exploring the past. It is inspirational to see as he grows up he is still as enthused and engaged as he was back in 2011 and actively champions the Leeds Young Archaeologist Club.

William is a very worthy winner of Young Archaeologist of the Year."  Congratulations William!

William demonstrates his enthusiasm and artistic skills

Community Archaeologist of the Year 2015: Dr Jon Kenny

Dr Jon Kenny MifA became a Community Archaeologist in 2003, driving a research project on a Romano British farm site near Malton. Moving on to working for York Archaeological Trust as a Community Archaeologist he committed himself to helping communities and individuals to become involved in their archaeology landscape. He now works for his own business as a Community Archaeologist and continues to inspire and support others.

Jon leads a group of a tour of a site.

Marsh Award for Community Archaeology 2015: The London Wreck project

The London Wreck Project are a small team of three highly motivated and enthusiastic volunteers who have made a substantial contribution to our knowledge and management of the “London” a protected wreck.

The team have ensured that this high risk, extremely tidal wreck site has been well recorded, their work has given us a far better knowledge of the site and has ensured that an important site has not been lost. Their work has fostered a legacy of community involvement which has included a volunteer cohort at Southend Museum, preparation of new display galleries and development of a new project Trust.

They are now working with various project specialists, Historic England and Cotswold Archaeology to undertake the assessment and analysis work on the site prior to a future publication.

The team of London Wreck Project volunteers working alongside professional archaeologists and divers from Cotswold Archaeology to recover a gun carriage

Highly Commended Community Archaeology Project: Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project.

This project provided a great example of an engaging community project.  136 people volunteered on the project, and outside of the particpants it engaged the wider community with regular updates on its website in addition to being active on social media in local press, radio and even television. The experience they gained was also used to benefit other community initiatives, leading to them being successful in their goals too.

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