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GeneralMarsh Award for Mineralogy 2019

4th Jul 2019 16:29 BSTRoy Starkey Expert

If you have not heard of the Marsh Awards - please read on!

The following information is taken from the Marsh Awards page on the NHM website Marsh Awards website

The Marsh Awards recognise unsung heroes who have made a major contribution to the promotion of palaeontology or mineralogy in the UK and abroad.

These contributions could include: popular publications; websites; collecting and donation of natural history collections to museums;

superb preparation or conservation of specimens in public collections; artistic or technical innovations.

A new category of Marsh Awards, the Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year, was established in 2017 to recognise the achievements of authors who published outstanding scientific or academic books in this field of science.

Three awards will be presented:

The Marsh Award for Palaeontology

The Marsh Award for Mineralogy

The Marsh Award for Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

A certificate and £1000 prize is awarded for each of the three awards.

Nominations for 2019 are now being accepted for these three categories of Marsh Awards in partnership with the Natural History Museum.

Nominations and deadline

Nominations will be accepted for groups or individuals. Groups are eligible for self-nomination. Please utilize a separate form for each nominee, except for group nominees, in which case please list the name of each individual in the group.

Please complete the appropriate nomination form and send to, attaching any independent letters of support. The deadline for nominations is 1 November 2019.

The awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be in the Flett Theatre of the Natural History Museum in London on 13 December 2019 from 14.30-16.30. As part of the ceremony, there will be a lecture delivered Prof Chris Stringer on The Origins of our Species. The event is free but registration is required. Please complete and submit the form to by 12 December 2019.

More about the Marsh Awards

The awards are the creation of Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, who wanted a vehicle to recognise 'unsung heroes and heroines', people who are passionate about what they do and devote their time to improving the world and our knowledge of it.

The trust runs a scheme of some 75 awards in partnership with organisations across the fields of heritage, the arts, social welfare and conservation. In 2015 the awards recognized over 150 people throughout the UK and internationally for their voluntary, professional and group contributions.

Winners of previous Marsh Awards for Mineralogy were Roy Starkey (2016), David Green (2017) and Steve Rust (2018) - see

Who would you like to propose for 2019?

The nomination procedure is simple - gather some letters of support, fill in the form explaining why your nominee(s) should be considered, and send it off to Martha Richter. Good luck!

12th Sep 2019 08:01 BSTRoy Starkey Expert

Hi Everyone - just a reminder that the deadline for nominations for the Marsh Awards is fast approaching (31st October).

The NHM have just produced a new promotional flyer - here it is!

So, who will you nominate to have a chance of a £1000 cash prize?

Good luck to all nominees.

Best wishes

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