A community project at a prehistoric site in Brighton has been ‘highly commended’ in this year’s Council for British Archaeology Marsh Awards. The Whitehawk Camp Community Archaeology Project reached the final three in the national awards, which celebrates “ordinary people who do something extraordinary”.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported project aimed to focus local attention on the nationally important Whitehawk Neolithic Causewayed Enclosure site, a huge, 5,500-year-old Stone Age monument which predates Stonehenge by over 500 years. Run by Brighton Museum, University College London’s Centre for Applied Archaeology and Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society, it engaged local people in a community excavation, site improvement works, and a schools, community and events outreach programme.
Volunteers based at Brighton Museum also helped to re-pack and catalogue the archive of finds, photographs and paper records from excavations at Whitehawk Camp in the 1920s and 1930s. In parallel, the Museum developed a tour of the Whitehawk site in its ‘Story Drop’ smartphone app (http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/play/story-drop/) and an educational game to help teach local primary school children about the important prehistoric site on their doorstep (http://stoneagequest.org.uk).
Brighton Museum archaeology curator Andy Maxted said: “Getting to the last three projects and being highly commended in these prestigious, UK-wide awards is a wonderful reflection of the project’s success, and affirms the value of involving local people and communities in preserving and protecting vulnerable archaeological sites.”
The project ran from April 2014 to March 2015.
About Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is one of Britain’s oldest public museums. Located in the Royal Pavilion Estate at the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, its collections showcase arts and crafts from across the world and history from Ancient Egypt to modern Brighton.
About the Marsh Awards
The Marsh Christian Trust is a grant-making body supporting registered charities. The Trust administers a Marsh Award Scheme, to recognise the achievements of those who strive to make our world a better place through volunteering or academic excellence. Founded in 1981, by Brian Marsh OBE, it now runs over 70 Awards with a number of partner organisations and supports a growing number of smaller charities through its grant making programme.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery