ICE AND FIRE | CBA Marsh Award for Community Archaeology 2017 – Highly Commended

The ICE & FIRE project team is delighted not only to have been shortlisted in the top three national nominations for the Marsh Awards, Community Archaeology Projects category, but also to achieve Highly Commended recognition for contributions to knowledge and wellbeing in the November awards announcement at Burlington House, London.

While we did not win first place, this is a fantastic reflection of all the hard work – across the many funding bodies, supporting organizations, advisors, volunteers, and the community – for an ongoing project which aims to make a real difference to our collective appreciation of a fragile landscape. There remains much work ahead, over the coming years, to unravel more than ten thousand years of our shared past.

Archaeology For All

We warmly congratulate all of the Marsh Award nominees in all categories, and most especially the well-deserving winners! There is a collective pride and respect for individuals, groups and projects who keep our Archaeology and Heritage safer for future generations to explore and enjoy.

We’re especially grateful to our main fund-provider, Heritage Lottery North-East, to Dr David Petts, Associate Professor in Archaeology at Durham University, for his generous nomination, to Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, for ongoing enthusiastic support, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council for so many related activities, to all our sponsors, and most especially to CBA and Brian Marsh for their kind consideration.

What’s Next?

Adam is pulling together the written archaeological report for the 2017 field season, together with finds analyses, for submission to HLF by the end of February 2018. We’ll share and publish when it’s completed! We’re also exploring funding opportunities for the years ahead – you can help there too. While anti-social activities have been much reduced, there remain challenges for all concerned. Remember: there is ongoing consideration for the Eston Hills to be integrated into the North York Moors National Park for oversight, investment and protection. We hope for more news and debate here in 2018.

On a personal note, your ICE & FIRE website editor, along with all of his friends, would like to congratulate Adam Mead on his BA (Hons) degree in Archaeology at Durham University and his recent employment at Archaeological Services Durham University. He’s busy, and cold! Adam’s graduation ceremony is on 11 January in Durham Cathedral. What better place?

– ICE AND FIRE Project Team