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21 Jul 2015

The Big Heritage team (Left to right- Jo Kirton, Rob Foulkes, Dean Paton, Gary Duckers and Karen Gavin.)

A Chester–based heritage team, founded by a University of Chester alumnus, has been shortlisted in the coveted Association for Heritage Interpretation 2015 Discover Heritage Awards – for excellence in cultural and natural heritage interpretation in Britain and Ireland.

Big Heritage, based at the University’s Riverside Innovation Centre, has been nominated for its Roman Medicine Roadshow project, which the company created and delivers on behalf of The Wellcome Trust.

The project explores the history and archaeology of medicine in the Roman world and alongside large public events, the team, many of whom also studied at the University, has been delivering free workshops to primary and secondary schools across the North West.

The AHI Discover Heritage Awards are the only UK and Irish awards to recognise excellence in all types and sizes of heritage interpretation, whether held in museums, historic buildings, visitor centres or any type of outdoor location. The Awards celebrate projects that best meet their interpretive aims and successfully communicate their key messages to their audiences.

Big Heritage Chief Executive and Archaeology graduate, Dean Paton said: “It was a considerable shock to find out we had been nominated alongside some of the largest heritage projects across the UK and Ireland. It’s a real privilege and testament to how our relatively small team creates huge impact through intelligent and creative heritage interpretation.”

AHI patron and Honorary Graduate of the University, Dr Loyd Grossman, who was awarded a CBE this summer for services to heritage, will announce the winners at the gala awards ceremony, held at the AHI conference on October 21, 2015 at the Hilton Central Hotel, Newbury.

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