2018 CAHG Award winners are announced here

The Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) today announced at itsannual conference in Birmingham the winners of its annual Awards forExcellence. 

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Stonehouse (Plymouth)-based ‘100homes’ Wins National Archiving Award

Other Category Winners: Clements Hall History Group (York) and Braunstone Heritage Archive Group (Leicester)

The Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) today announced at its annual conference in Birmingham the winners of its annual Awards for Excellence. CAHG is part of the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), the sector’s leading professional and membership body. CAHG’s annual Awards are highly competitive and receive nominations from across Britain and Ireland.

Overall Winner

The overall 2018 winner, 100homes (www.100homesproject.com/), also won the Community Engagement category in this year’s awards. In reaching their decision, the judges commented:

100homes is a master-class in using local oral history engagement to bring the power of archives into the lives every corner of a community. It began with the aim of recording the memories of people who lived in Stonehouse but has expanded across Plymouth and Devonport. The project’s broader audience now involves hundreds of people of all ages and it has partnerships with a further dozen or so other organisations. Activities have included walks, talks, theatre, radio shows, creative arts, skills workshops, exhibitions and lunches for disadvantaged members of the community. The organisers have also developed a blueprint that others may use to replicate their success. 100homes stood out for its sheer range of activities, the diversity of people they have engaged and their ability to harness both those with stories and those who want to listen.

100homes began in 2014, marking the centenary of the joining of the Three Towns (Plymouth, Stonehouse and Devonport) into one city, and the start of the First World War. The organisers wanted to record the history of Stonehouse in the words of the people who had lived there since 1914, so their stories and memories would be preserved… varied examples such as wartime bombing, Mormons arriving in Millbay and being besieged by prostitutes, Union Street ‘mayhem’, etc. but also, the quieter everyday lives of families and residents: the shops, the milkman, life in Millbay Laundry or the experience of growing up in Nazareth House; stories of life, love, and friendship in an ever-changing town.

With Heritage Lottery funding, the project grew and more people have become involved. Meetings and exchanges to share memorabilia have become more regular and a thriving Facebook page has helped numerous current and former residents connect.

Impressive Runners-up

There are two close overall runners-up this year that take the honours in the other sub-award categories. Winner of the ‘Gathering Heritage’ category for 2018 is Braunstone Heritage Archive Group (Leicester). The judges commented:

“We loved the story of how this group got started in 2011, after the Town Clerk issued a call to ‘clear the loft space of rubbish’! Since then, the Braunstone Heritage Archive Group has catalogued and preserved items of great local significance and improved access, search and retrieval systems, indexing, and so on. Not only that: the Group has created resources for use in teaching and a permanent archive storage facility, developed copies of fragile originals and a programme of enhancing public awareness. The Group stood out for its systematic, thorough approach to the project from the outset and the way it has developed the wide variety of ongoing projects.”

Further information is at: www.facebook.com/BraunstoneHeritageArchive/

Winner of the ‘Digital’ category for 2018 is Clements Hall History Group (York). The judges commented:

“Clements Hall History Group is a textbook of scaling up impact through digital. A basic wordpress site was enough at the start, but when the Group wanted functionality across different platforms – eg tablets and smartphones – they needed to upgrade. With the aid of HLF funding and the support a great local firm, a year later in November 2017 the Group launched the new site. Now, the site highlights the project in a more attractive way, accessibility requirements (WCAG A level compliance) are being met, storage capacity is better and site searching and navigating is much easier for visitors. The real driver of success, though, was the level of thought and planning that went into the project.”

See www.clementshallhistorygroup.org.uk for more details.

There was no winner this year in the ‘Best New Group’ category.

Notes for Editors

The Community Archives and Heritage Group (CAHG) Awards are organised, judged and presented by the Community Archives and Heritage Group, a special interest section of the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), the main professional body representing archivists, records managers and archive conservators in Britain and Ireland. For more on CAHG, visit: www.communityarchives.org.uk and for more on the ARA, see www.archives.org.uk

 2018 is the seventh year of these awards, which will be presented at the CAHG annual conference at Birmingham City University on 10 July 2018.

More information about the Community Archives and Heritage Group Awards 2018 is available from Jon Elliott at the ARA on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also contact Jon Elliott for photographs of the winners receiving their awards at the CAHG annual conference.