£500 Reward!

The AIA, in conjunction with Dorothea Restorations, offers an annual award of £500 and a handsome plaque to the project considered the best of that year’s entries. The Award’s purpose is to support and encourage voluntary conservation work on sites and artefacts of industrial, agricultural, and domestic importance.


The Award was originally launched in 1984, the tenth Anniversary of the founding of Dorothea Restorations, to commemorate the first decade of service to museums throughout the country. Its purpose is to support and encourage voluntary conservation work on sites and artefacts of industrial, agricultural, and domestic importance.

The Award is made by and through the joint generosity of Wallis Conservation Ltd and G W Conservation, and judged by a panel of judges nominated by the Council of the Association for Industrial Archaeology. There is one Award consisting of a plaque together with a substantial cheque. In addition, entries which are commended by the judges will receive a Certificate of Commendation. The Award will be made annually, subject to receipt of a satisfactory application.


1. To be eligible for entry, projects must be concerned primarily with the conservation of a site or object of industrial, agricultural, or domestic archaeological interest. Projects which are concerned primarily with the recording or interpretation of sites, or with the collection of items, will not be eligible.

2. Projects are restricted to work on sites or objects in the United Kingdom.

3. Projects must have been undertaken by amateur and voluntary groups or individuals. Individuals or groups which are attached to a professional organisation (eg., a friends of the museum group) will be eligible. Members of the group should not have received remuneration other than the receipt of agreed expenses, for any work or services contributing to the project. It is accepted that it may be necessary to obtain paid professional advice to meet legal or statutory requirements, and funding from sponsors or lottery grants etc must be declared.

4. Projects must have been in progress for a period of not less than six months at the time of initial application.

5. The following criteria, where appropriate, will be taken into account when judging entries, and should therefore form the basis for your application;

i) the scope and nature of the project.

ii) the significance of the project in national, regional, or local terms, and its added value to the community.

iii) the nature, size and previous experience of the group undertaking the project.

iv) the progress made in the project, in relation to the available resources of finance and manpower.

v) the quality of record keeping in relation to the project .

vi) the use which could be made of the Award.

vii) the generation, by the conservation process of any new insight into our industrial past.

viii) the protection of the environment offered by the project.

ix) proposals for maintenance and future care on completion of the project.

x) Whilst every effort will be taken to safeguard the information submitted, the organisers cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent loss or damage. The submitted copy, which can be on CD, will be retained in the association archive.

6. The decision of the Judges is final

7. Entry for an Award is to be made by completing a questionnaire, followed by a detailed submission at a time decided by youselves, Applications received before the end of April should be in time to be considered for the award for that year. Applications received after this date may have to be deferred until the following year. The winner will be notified by 31 July, in time to arrange for representation at the AIA conference in August or September,at which two places, one of which is complimentary, will be reserved,for the presentation.

8. The Association will have permission to publish any entry, or part thereof, in IA News or the Industrial Archaeology Review without fee, but copyright would remain with the author(s) and it would be their responsibility to obtain copyright clearance for any third party material used.

Download the rules and entry form

Entry forms are also available from and should be returned to:

Stephen Dewhirst, 9 Maypole Road, Broseley, TF12 5QH
email: steve@broseley.org.uk