Sir Richard Trant Memorial Award

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.

Cornwall Heritage Trust makes this prestigious annual award to an ‘unsung hero or heroine’ – who has made a significant contribution to Cornwall’s heritage. It is open to all organisations in the heritage field to nominate a suitable candidate.

Each nomination is supported by 2 or 3 letters of recommendation outlining the nominee’s outstanding contribution to the preservation and promotion of Cornwall’s heritage. Letters of support can be provided from people with first-hand knowledge of the nominee who can endorse their contribution or supply additional information.


The Sir Richard Trant Memorial Heritage Champion Award-Roll of Honour

2009 – John Cuthill

For services to the preservation and revival of Cornish gigs.

2010 – Andrew Langdon

For his research and practical work on Cornish crosses.

2011 – Hugo White

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.

2012 – Tony Pawlyn

For research into Cornwall’s maritime history.

2013 – Cedric Appleby

For his work on religious nonconformity in Cornwall.

2014 – Pip Richards

For restoring Carwynnen Quoit and inspiring the local community to help preserve their heritage.

2015 – Ted Gundry

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.

2016 – Captain George Hogg

For his work with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the Bartlett Library.

2017 – Carole Vivian

For establishing and organising the Cornwall Association of Local Historians (CALH) as well as presenting talks and tours all over Cornwall.

2018 – Cheryl Straffon

For her work with CASPN, FOCAS and the Penwith Landscape Partnership Project.