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CBA Marsh Archaeology Award

2007 Results

The Council for British Archaeology, in association with the Marsh Christian Trust, are pleased to announce the short list for the Marsh Archaeology Award, which recognises and promotes high quality archaeological work being carried out by the community archaeology sector.

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The four short-listed entries cover a broad geographical spread within the UK from the Scottish Highlands to the Welsh Marches, and demonstrate an impressive methodological breadth. The short-list is as follows:

  • The Badsey Society Enclosure Map Project (, which looked at the development of the parishes of Badsey and Aldington, Worcestershire since 1807, starting with the early 19th century enclosure maps.

  • Mellor Archaeological Trust's work on the multi-period site around Mellor Church ( which led them on to research, investigate and record the history of the whole parish of Mellor, which includes Ludworth and Marple Bridge, near Stockport in Greater Manchester.

  • The North of Scotland Archaeological Society's programme of survey and excavation on the Glen Feshie Estate ( in the Scottish Highlands.

  • Royton Lives Through The Ages, a sub-group of the Royton Local History Society for their work on the history of Royton Hall, Manchester which included excavation with extensive public interpretation and display, as well as work with local schools (

Such was the quality of the field, in this the inaugural year of the Marsh Archaeology Award, that a further seven entries were highly commended, including the Westbury Society in Somerset, the Chess Valley Archaeological & Historical Society in Buckinghamshire, the Community Landscape & Archaeology Survey Project in Northamptonshire, the Ingleborough Archaeology Group in North Yorkshire, the Washingborough Archaeology Group in Lincolnshire, the Solihull Archaeological Group in Warwiskhire, and finally the Unst Archaeology Group working at Sandwick in Shetland.

Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, Director of the CBA, explained that the purpose of the award is 'to encourage local communities to research the past around them, and to convey a passion for our cultural heritage to future generations. Community archaeology groups are often home-grown, and are very effective in drawing in new people with an interest in their local heritage. Getting involved in such research gives a real boost both to the communities themselves and to the body of archaeological knowledge available.'

The Marsh Award forms part of a broader programme of support with which the CBA hopes to encourage community archaeology groups across the UK. The hub for this activity is the award-winning Community Archaeology Forum, which gives advice to local groups looking to start up and run projects in their area. The Forum will soon contain further details of the Marsh Archaeology Award entries.

Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, has the difficult job of deciding on the inaugural winner of the award, to be announced in the forthcoming issue of British Archaeology magazine. The prize-giving ceremony will take place at the Discover Archaeology live event at Olympia, London on 3 May (for further information of this event, visit

See details of the CBA Marsh Archaeology Award for Community Archaeology.


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