Another Award Nomination for William!
William Fakes is the founding member of the Leeds Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC). He is a Year 8 pupil at Royds School and has overcome a number of personal difficulties to persue his love of archaeology.
In 2015, William was the winner of the Young Archaeologist of the Year Award (jointly presented by YAC, the Council for British Archaeology, and the Marsh Christian Trust).
William is described by his YAC club leader, Louise Martin, as “oozing enthusiasm, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the past”.
William has now been nominated in the 'Best Contribution to a Heritage Project by Young People' category of the Historic England Angel Awards. He was shortlisted for his work on the Parks for People project which has been helping to restore and reinstate the Victorian features in Middleton Park in south Leeds.
About William and the project
The Parks for People project has seen Middleton Park completely transformed, with new footpaths and information signs. There's a new bandstand and a fabulous new visitor centre too.
William is a passionate member of the Leeds YAC and his enthusiasm is infectious. He has developed his archaeology skills by helping to record the industrial and archaeological heritage of Middleton Park. He is a great ambassador for the Park, its heritage and archaeology. He has inspired others to get involved and helps to share the Park's heritage with others, ensuring that it is protected for the future.
William now mentors younger members of the group and his research is used in interpretation in the visitor centre. Being involved in the project and continuing involvement in YAC has helped to build William's confidence and helped him overcome personal challenges.
William is now 13 and plans to study archaeology and become a leader and volunteer at YAC helping others learn about archaeology in the way he did. Also he plans to never have a job behind a desk!
Help William win!
You can now vote for your favourite Angel on the Historic England website. Voting closes at midnight on 12 October 2016.
We'll let you know how William gets on.
Good luck from everyone at YAC HQ, William!!