Marsh Volunteer Awards


National Historic Ships UK and the Marsh Christian Trust will again this year present two volunteer awards – one for an individual volunteer; the other for a group of volunteers – to those who have made significant contributions to the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK. A prize of £500 will be given to an individual volunteer, and a prize of £1,000 will be given to a team or group of volunteers. These awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust and can be spent as the winners choose.

A third award, also supported by the Marsh Christian Trust, is made to an individual volunteer or a group of volunteers who have made a significant contribution to a historic vessel through engaging the public. This can be through marketing or promoting the vessel, or through educational programmes that reach a wide audience. The prize of £500 can be spent as the winner chooses.

All awards will be presented at our prestigious annual Awards Ceremony in the Autumn.


How to enter

Entry commences on 1st May 2018. Complete the online application form and submit by 31st August 2018.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel nominated by the Marsh Christian Trust and National Historic Ships UK.


Who can enter

Any individual or group of people who work on a voluntary basis in direct contact on a historic vessel on the National Register of Historic Vessels can be nominated. A vessel owner cannot be nominated for conservation work they have carried out on their own vessel.

The voluntary work must have a focus on conservation, skills or vessel operation, or engaging the public. This must be clearly outlined when completing your application. At least one image should accompany the application.

The awards will be presented to the volunteer(s) and not to a vessel or organisation.  Entries must focus specifically on the achievements of the volunteer(s) and examples must be provided.

Volunteers who are part of the National Historic Ships UK team may not apply.

Please note that volunteers can only be nominated in one category.


Judging will take place in September 2018.