Marsh Archaeology Awards

These Awards are run in partnership with the Council for British Archaeology. They celebrate individuals who carry out exceptional archaeological work within their communities and help to sustain our cultural heritage for future generations.

The Award scheme was established in 2008 and originally recognised a community group actively involved in researching archaeological heritage. In 2014 two new Awards were announced to recognise individual archaeologists.

Marsh Award for Community Archaeology
This Award recognises a community archaeology group carrying out high quality archaeological work in the community archaeology sector.

Marsh Young Archaeologist of the Year
Presented for the first time in 2014, this goes to a young person or group of young people under the age of 18 who have made an outstanding contribution to community archaeology.

Marsh Community Archaeologist of the Year Award
This Award was presented for the first time in 2014 and is presented to an individual who has inspired others to share their love of archaeology.

The 2015 winners are D Jonathan Kenny, The London Wreck Project and William Fakes

Marsh Community Archaeologist of the Year – Dr Jonathan Kenny

In 2003, Dr Jonathan Kenny became a Community Archaeologist helping to initiate and run a community archaeological research project on a Romano British farm site at Broughton. Dr Kenny has also worked extensively with historical societies who have completed successful community projects. At North Duffield, the community have been inspired to study the archaeological landscape around them, in particular focussing on Iron Age remains, which led to the discovery, excavation and publication of a significant monumental roundhouse. He also worked on the Cawood project which works with the local community to survey and excavate on a medieval manor site in the village and run workshops for the local school teaching historic research methods, literacy and the role of the village in the Victorian period. Dr Kenny also runs a history club with York People First, a self-advocacy group for people with learning difficulties and this is done on an entirely voluntary basis.

Marsh Award for Community Archaeology – 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 protected wreck in Southend on Sea, Essex. They became involved with the site in 2010 with no prior archaeological experience but they were keen and highly experienced Thames divers. They undertook training with the Nautical Archaeology Society to gain some basic knowledge and have worked closely with Historic England ever since. They have assisted in the development of a finds recovery protocol for the site, recovered high risk mobile artefacts before they are lost, liaised with Southend Museums Service and Historic England for conservation and recording and most recently assisted in the recovery of an extremely rare, complete gun carriage and associated implements. They have also set up a website which enables potential visitors to find out more about the site. The team have ensured that this high risk 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.

Marsh Award for Young Archaeologist of the Year – William Fakes

In 2014, the Leeds Young Archaeologist Club was launched and William Fakes was one of its founding members. He is always keen to enthusiastically share his knowledge about the past, in particular military heritage. William has been heavily involved with the club since it was started, sometimes being the club’s only member! As the group has grown, he has encouraged new members and actively participated in all topics the club has covered. William always brings in objects to share with the group and his camera to take photographs and particularly enjoys imparting and expanding his knowledge through deep discussions with branch leaders. William loves to enhance his knowledge by asking lots of questions and actively joins in group discussions with detailed explanations. William is still as enthused and engaged as he was when the club was formed and it is admiring to see how he actively champions the Leeds Young Archaeologist Club.

Pictured above: Dr Jonathan Kenny receiving his award from MCT chairman Brian Marsh (top), The London Wreck Project receiving their award from MCT chairman Brian Marsh (middle) and William Fakes at the Leeds Young Archaeologist Club


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