European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards

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Late last month, the EU and Europa Nostra announced the 2021 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards.

this mulberry grows outside Hogarth’s house in Chiswick and was around when he lived there. Image – Conservation Foundation

This year, Europe’s top honour in the heritage field goes to twenty four achievements from 18 European countries.

And, despite not being in the EU, the UK has collected two of the awards.

The two winners were in the category for education, training and raising awareness.

The first award went to Archaeology at Home and the second to Morus Londinium: London’s Heritage through Trees.

Archaeology at Home is a project run by the not-for-profit social business DigVentures. Started in 20002, it uses crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and digital methods to increase access and opportunities for people to participate in research at archaeological digs or by online training sessions.

Archaeology at Home was a response to the coronavirus lockdowns. Obviously people couldn’t go to site investigations so DigVentures invited people all over the world to embark on an extremely successful experiment in technology-enabled participation in archaeology.

Over 11,000 people from 90 countries took part in a Virtual Field school, attended DigNation Festival and – at that festival -the latest discoveries from over 20 countries – including Albania, Bulgaria, India, Jordan, Mali, and the UK – was brought directly into people’s homes.

Meanwhile, thousands of people connected through Virtual Field school, helping each other to research their local history, carry out test excavations in their own back gardens, and make their own heritage discoveries. Thousands more also attended interactive workshops, and virtual tours throughout the year.

Morus Londinium is a project developed by the Conservation Foundation to create an interactive map and database to enable the public to record mulberry trees along with any history and heritage stories.

James I imported tens of thousands of mulberry saplings to be planted on the estates of the landed gentry. The aim was to start a home-grown silk industry. That failed. But there are still trees that are 400 years old and this project was to locate and record as many as possible that still survive in London.

If you are wondering why UK organisations are competing in an EU award the answer is that Nostra awards are pan European and are sponsored by the EU.  

For a full list of the awards, click here or go to https://www.europanostra.org/europe-top-heritage-awards-honour-24-exemplary-achievements-from-18-countries/

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