Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Northwick Young Archaeologists’ Project up for National Award

Members of Worcestershire Young Archaeologists' Club, whose Northwick Manor Community Heritage project has been short-listed for the Marsh Archaeology Award.

Worcestershire’s future archaeologists are celebrating this week after a local heritage project was short-listed for a prestigious national award.

The Northwick Manor Community Heritage Project was launched in April 2008 after Heritage Lottery funding was awarded to the Worcestershire Young Archaeologists’ Club, supported by Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council, to engage with local people through the fascinating historic landscape of Northwick and Bevere.

The project resulted in a wide variety of events, workshops and activities including excavation, photography, art exhibitions and memory sharing, and culminated in the launch of the Northwick Manor Heritage Trail back in May last year.

It is one of only three projects from across the country which have been highly commended and short-listed for the Marsh Archaeology Award. The award is made to an individual or voluntary group who has been responsible for looking after and promoting access to archaeology within the UK.

Sheena Payne-Lunn, from the Heritage and Design team at Worcester City Council and Deborah Overton from Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service co-led the project. They commented: “This is exciting news for our young archaeologists, who have, alongside the residents of Northwick and Bevere, worked extremely hard over the last two years, uncovering all sorts of fascinating information, from both the ancient and more recent past.”

Members of the Worcestershire Young Archaeologists Club will travel down to the British Academy in London for a special award ceremony, where they will meet the award’s sponsor Brian Marsh OBE and the Director of the Council for British Archaeology, Mike Heywood. The Award winner will receive £1000.

Paul O’Connor, Development Services Manager at Worcester City Council welcomed the accolade saying “The Northwick Manor Heritage Trail is an example of what can be achieved when a variety of organisations work together with local people. This distinctive area of the city is now recognised as telling a story that dates back far beyond what we see immediately today. The project has enabled us to gain an insight into this story and in so doing has provided a glimpse of the surviving historic landscape.”

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