Kent County Council’s (KCC) Community Archaeologist Andrew Mayfield has been honoured at the Marsh Community Archaeology Awards 2022.
Run in partnership with the Council for British Archaeology and celebrating individuals who carry out exceptional archaeological work within their communities and who help to sustain cultural heritage for future generations, Andrew went home with the Community Archaeologist of the Year prize.
The award was presented for the first time in 2014 and recognises an individual who has inspired others to share their love of archaeology and promote the heritage of their local area.
Andrew’s archaeological career began as a volunteer before he studied the subject at university. He joined KCC in 2004, becoming the community archaeologist for the Heritage Conservation Team in 2009. Since then, he has sought to encourage and support others who wish to get involved in the field.
The 44-year-old, has successfully obtained National Lottery Heritage Fund grants for projects developed with and for local volunteers based on their interests.
He continues to support the incredible work of the Shorne Woods Archaeology Group, is President of the Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society, a Young Archaeologist Club leader and a Trustee of the Enabled Archaeology Foundation.
Andrew said: “I am very humbled to receive this award that recognises my work across Kent and for the Royal Parks at Greenwich. I love being a community archaeologist, working with the public, volunteers and schools to explore the archaeology of the county.
“I also see the award as a recognition of the work of the amazing volunteers that I collaborate with, particularly the team at Shorne Woods, who do so much to explore and promote the heritage of one of our brilliant country parks.”
KCC’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment, Tony Hills, said: “I was delighted to hear Andrew had been presented with this award, which reflects the hard work and dedication he puts into his role.
“Many people benefit from Andrew’s knowledge and enthusiasm, and he encourages all to get involved by ensuring access, adapting to meet individual needs and actively finding ways to make sure anyone who is interested in archaeology can participate.”
You can follow Andrew on Twitter – @archaeologykent
Notes to editors:
- Full award details are available here: https://www.marshcharitabletrust.org/award/marsh-community-archaeologist-of-the-year-award/