Each year Cornwall Heritage Trust makes this prestigious award to an ‘unsung hero or heroine’ – someone who gives their time and energy in a voluntary capacity and has made a significant contribution to Cornwall’s heritage. It is open to all organisations in the heritage field to nominate a suitable candidate.
Sir Richard Trant
Sir Richard Trant was a Cornishman of extraordinary talents. After a very distinguished career in the Army he retired to his beloved Cornwall and dedicated his remaining years helping to promote Cornwall’s heritage both in Cornwall and much further afield.
The Heritage Champion Awards were launched in his memory.
In 2022, a new special Heritage Champion Lockdown Award was created and presented to Trevor Smitheram. During pandemic lockdowns, Trevor posted regular, almost daily, videos on social media featuring dialect stories and poems which kept up the spirits of local communities and saw people from all over the world engaging with his work.
St Columb Old Cornwall Society
The 2022 Heritage Champion Award for Groups and Organisations was awarded to St Columb Old Cornwall Society for its commitment to the preservation of Cornwall’s traditions and heritage at Castle an Dinas, one of the 13 historic sites Cornwall Heritage Trust cares for.
The 2022 Heritage Champion winner was Elizabeth Dale for her work with the “Cornish Bird” blog which shines a light on Cornwall’s hidden places and untold stories. The blog is very well received with over 234,000 page views and over 7,400 Twitter followers.
The Cornish Wrestling Association
In 2019 a new Heritage Champion Award for Groups and Organisations was launched, and presented to The Cornish Wrestling Association for their work in preserving Cornwall's heritage.
The 2019 Heritage Champion winner was Will Coleman for his work promoting Cornwall’s heritage through projects such as the Man Engine and Golden Tree Productions.
For her work with CASPN, FOCAS and the Penwith Landscape Partnership Project. (Image shows John Moss of CASPN presenting Cheryl with her award)
For establishing and organising the Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH) as well as presenting talks and tours all over Cornwall.
Captain George Hogg
For his work with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the Bartlett Library.
For his work creating and preserving an archive of interviews and recordings of stories from a career spanning over 50 years, as well as his contribution to Cornish Gig Rowing and his tireless work as Advocate of Cornish social and cultural heritage.
For restoring Carwynnon Quoit and inspiring the local community to help preserve their heritage.
For his work on religious nonconformity in Cornwall.
For research into Cornwall’s maritime history.
For his work with the Cornish Buildings Group and for many years of dedicated organisation and promotion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry museum.
For his research and practical work on Cornish crosses.
For services to the preservation and revival of Cornish gigs.
Our Heritage Champions are usually nominated by the public.Make a Nomination