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.
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 the County.
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