The Marsh Volunteer Awards 2024 will open 1st June.

About the Awards

Run by National Historic Ships UK and the Marsh Charitable Trust since 2011, the Marsh Volunteer Awards celebrate and reward the invaluable contribution of historic vessel volunteers around the country. You can nominate a volunteer or group of volunteers in one of three categories: 

  • Individual Volunteer - cash prize of £1000
  • Group of Volunteers - cash prize of £1000
  • Shipshape Network project - cash prize of £1000

Prizes are supported by the Marsh Charitable Trust and can be spent as the winners choose.

All awards will be presented at our Virtual Awards Ceremony in November.  Winners will be asked to submit a short video which will be incorporated into the Awards film. 

How to Enter

Complete the online application form and send it in by midnight on Monday 15th July 2024.

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

You may also submit a short video in support of your application.  You can either include a link to where the video is posted online in your application form, or email us separately at to discuss our requirements for filming and submitting a video. 

Who can Enter

Any individual or group of people working on a voluntary basis on a historic vessel on the National Register of Historic Vessels, or an individual or group of volunteers connected to a project listed on the Shipshape Network can be nominated.  A vessel owner cannot be nominated for conservation work they have carried out on their own vessel.

The voluntary work can apply to all aspects of caring for a historic vessel/project including but not limited to: front-of-house; customer care; online promotion; engaging the public; fundraising; as well as the practical skills of conservation, maintenance and operation within the last two years.  This must be clearly outlined when completing your application.  Entries should include at least one image of the individual volunteer or (part of) the group of volunteers being nominated, ideally in their volunteering role(s).  

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.

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

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Marsh Winners 2023

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