Dorset Archaeological Committee
The Dorset Archaeological Committee consists of representatives from local government, museums, archaeological societies, the National Farmers Union, the County Landowners and Business Association and other interest groups.
The committee promotes all aspects of archaeological work in the county of Dorset and has established three awards to recognise outstanding contributions to Dorset archaeology.
- The Dorset Archaeological Award
- The Ian Horsey Memorial Award
- Young Archaeologist’s Award
The judges for the 2015 Dorset Archaeological Awards are:
- Mr Les Ames MBE
- Mr David Carter
- Mrs Penny Copland-Griffiths
- Dr Jon Murden (Chair)
- Mrs Maureen Putnam
- Mrs Francesca Radcliffe
The Dorset Archaeological Award
Nominations can be made for any project involving the preservation or conservation of the county’s heritage, excavation, publication, surveys, reporting of finds, education or sponsorship.
Nominations can be submitted either by those personally involved in projects or by another individual or group, provided that the permission of the nominee is obtained.
The nomination should consist of a written submission together with a description, maps or diagrams, and a selection of photographs. Wherever possible five images should be submitted to support the application.
Credits should be given for images and permission obtained for their possible publication. Projects will be summarised and may be displayed by the Dorset Archaeological Committee, and may be used in publications subsequently.
The Ian Horsey Memorial Award
An occasional award given, at the judges’ discretion, to an individual for a significant personal contribution to archaeology in Dorset.
The winner will receive a trophy; in previous years this has been an engraved glass bowl.
Written nominations alone are required for the Ian Horsey Memorial Award.
The winner will be presented with a trophy, to be held for two years and a commemorative certificate. Certificates will be given to the runner-up and up to two highly-commended entries.
The 2013 Dorset Archaeological Award was won by St Mary’s church, Puddletown for a major conservation programme involving the relocation of the important monuments in the Athelhampton Chapel. The Ian Horsey Memorial Award was won by Dr Alistair Somerville-Ford, Julian Richards, and Claire Ryley, for the ‘What’s Under Your School?’ project.
Previous winners are:
- 1988 The Studland Bay Wreck
- 1990 The Duchy of Cornwall (sponsorship)
- 1992 Norman Field (Roman Dorset)
- 1994 David Strange (Worth Matravers)
- 1996 Jill Phillips (quarr houses in Purbeck)
- 1998 The Bestwall Quarry Project
- 2000 John Stark and Crickmay Partnership (Roman Town House)
- 2002 Bill Putnam (Dorchester Roman aqueduct)
- 2004 Ed Cumming (Earl of Abergavenny)
- 2007 Christopher Dalton (bells and belfries of Dorset)
- 2009 Dan Carter (buildings of the Verwood Pottery industry)
- 2011 Priest’s House Museum and Garden, Wimborne Minster (‘Dig it!’ community project)
Young Archaeologist’s Award
Any young person who is still at school or college can be nominated for this award for an archaeological project, presentation of an archaeological or historic site, or an exceptional examination achievement.
Written nominations alone are required for the Young Archaeologist’s Award, but may be accompanied by images or examples of the person’s work, as appropriate. The winner will receive a certificate.
This year the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership is sponsoring an additional award for a project that focuses on the prehistory of the South Dorset Ridgeway.
This ancient ceremonial landscape stretches parallel to the coast, from Eggardon Hill in the west to the villages of Osmington and Poxwell in the east. The South Dorset Ridgeway has been a place of importance since the Neolithic period (4000-2000 BC) with over 500 ancient monuments recording the history of the Ridgeway at that time.
The winner will receive £25 to be spent on a book related to the South Dorset Ridgeway.
Find out more about the Partnership and the Ridgeway at www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk
Nominations should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Dorset Archaeological Awards (for the attention of the Hon Secretary, Dorset Archaeological Committee), Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA by 30th June 2015.
The 2015 awards will be presented by Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn MA, PhD, Hon DLitt, FBA, FSA. The ceremony will be held at The Corn Exchange, Wareham on Friday 16th October 2015 at 6.30pm.
The ceremony is open to all, but attendance is strictly by ticket only because accommodation is limited.
Tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply for tickets to the Hon Secretary, Dorset Archaeological Committee, 20 Frome Terrace, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. Please note that tickets will be circulated shortly before the ceremony.