Awards aplenty at IHBC Worcester 2016: Gus Astley Student Awards and Marsh

IHBC_Dinner_2016The Annual Dinner of the IHBC’s 2016 School in Worcester concluded with the presentations of awards prizes and certificates to a range of winners across the IHBC’s renowned Gus Astley Student Award and the first year of the IHBC’s two new Marsh Awards, for Community Contribution and for Successful Learning.

Marsh Christian Trust trustee Nick Carter, presented Sam Tinsdeall, of the National Trust, his Marsh Award for ‘Successful Learning’.  Sam was able to take up his free place at the Annual School, courtesy of the IHBC, and receive the £500 cash award from the Marsh trust in person at the dinner.  Unfortunately Chris Hall, former conservation officer at Scarborough, who received the award for ‘Community contribution’ could not attend, but his certificate and cheque are now winging their way to him.

Gus Astley Fund Trustee and IHBC Research co-ordinator Bob Kindred MBE spoke to the successful Student Award submissions in advance of the presentations for the 2015 round:

  • Winner, awarded £500: Samantha Stones, for ‘Exploring the value of heritage: Urban exploration and the historic environment’
  • Commended, and awarded £100 each:
    • Anna Shelley, for her work on ‘Anne of Denmark as an Architectural Patron, 1603-19’
    • Andrew McBride, for his work entitled ‘Amongst the Ruins of Slains Castle – Is there a Future for Scotland’s ‘Dracula Castle’?’ and
    • Rob Ward, for his ‘Assessment of Large Drystone Structures on the Ffestiniog Railway’.

All were able to take up free places at the School, which the IHBC considers to be a key part of the educational benefits of this annual award.

Find out about the IHBC Marsh Awards

For more on the Gus Astley Student Award, and to submit for the 2016 award, which closes on 31 July, see the website

For the 2016 Award announcement see the NewsBlogs

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