2020 Applications for Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology

The Marsh Awards, designed to showcase excellence in archaeology, are run by the Council for British Archaeology with the support of the Marsh Christian Trust. Since all archaeological activity this year has been affected in some way by the pandemic, the CBA and Marsh Christian Trust have decided to focus the 2020 Awards on projects which have responded to these challenging circumstances.

This year, the Marsh Awards will recognise projects which have helped people to keep participating safely in archaeology, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Nominations are invited for any community archaeology project which has responded to the pandemic in a creative or imaginative way and enabled people to enjoy archaeology.

Nominated projects can either be new initiatives, planned from scratch after March 2020, or existing projects which have had to be rethought and delivered differently as a result of the pandemic. They must be projects which have had the aim of enabling a wide range of people to engage with archaeology in the UK but we are open to nominations for in-person activity, digital projects or anything else which has helped people to keep participating safely. There will be two categories of awards:

  1. Best volunteer-led project: for projects not involving anyone acting in a paid capacity
  2. Best project with paid support: for projects which have input from anyone acting in a paid capacity

The best project in each category will receive a prize of £1000 to be used by the winning group or organisation involved to support future activity, with a further £250 for a highly commended project. 

The deadline is 5th January 2021 and further application details can be found here:


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