YAC receives award in Oslo!
We’ve had an exciting few days away from YAC HQ as we headed to Oslo in Norway as one of 28 winning projects in the 2015 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage (otherwise known as the Europa Nostra Awards). This year there were 263 entries to the competition from 29 countries, and YAC is one of only 28 chosen prize-winners or ‘laureates’!
We attended the award ceremony in Oslo on Thursday 11th June to pick up our certificate and to discover whether we had won an extra-special prize: either a Grand Prix or the People’s Choice Award, which was voted for by people right across the world.
YAC founder, Dr Kate Pretty said,
"I am absolutely delighted that the Young Archaeologists Club, founded 43 years ago, has been given a Europa Nostra Laureate Award. The Council for British Archaeology does a wonderful job in cherishing and fostering the Club. [and they fully deserve the Grand Prix Laureate Award]"
Unfortunately, YAC did not come away with a Grand Prix or the People's Choice Award this year. But congratulations to the seven Grand Prix winners:
▪ Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary
▪ Salt Valley of Añana, Basque Country, Spain
▪ Armenian Church of St. Giragos in Diyarbakir, Turkey
▪ Wonders of Venice: Virtual Online Treasures in St. Mark’s Area, Italy
▪ Rundling Association, Jameln, Germany
▪ Churches Conservation Trust, London, United Kingdom
▪ Programme for Owners of Rural Buildings in Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
and the People's Choice Award winner: the conservation of the Nuragic Sculptures of Monte Prama in Sardinia, Italy.
Being chosen as a laureate of the Europa Nostra Awards is thanks to everyone involved in YAC – from the hundreds of amazing dedicated volunteers at our fantastic local clubs right across the UK, to our young archaeologists themselves who love getting fully involved in, and inspired by, archaeology.
Well done EVERYONE!