The Heritage Hero Award is an award scheme for history, heritage and archaeology projects. The awards aim to encourage young people to connect with their past, and to reward their achievements in doing so.
The Awards are free and accessible for all ages and abilities, providing a focus, framework and reward for any project you might be undertaking. They follow a 5-activity structure, fitting naturally with project work and planning – where participants are expected to Plan, Investigate, Engage with, Inspire others with, and Reflect on their projects.
The aims of the award scheme are:
Further information can be found on our website and in the award Handbook.
Something we have been exceptionally proud of is the role of the Awards in championing accessibility in heritage and archaeology. The awards are deliberately designed to be accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, age or background. They encourage a breakdown of barriers to participation, through the flexibility of the award scheme, the fact written work is not a requirement, and they are not an academic assessed award. Projects can be developed in schools, youth groups, heritage organisations and community groups.
There are 5 different award levels to cover all ages, abilities and projects. Completion of the previous level is not necessary. It is also possible for different participants in a project to achieve different levels, based on their own participation. The indicative time commitment required for each level is:
Heritage Explorer - 3+ hours, for short projects only lasting a day/ weekend
Heritage Detective - 8+ hours
Heritage Hero Bronze - 15+ hours
Heritage Hero Silver - 30+ hours
Heritage Hero Gold - 60+ hours
The Heritage Hero Awards are not externally accredited, but are easily linked to other accredited youth awards -see handbook for more information.
Provider: Archaeology Scotland
Website: Click here
For Ages: 10 - 26+
Time to Complete: 3+ Hours
Type of Involvement:
Contact Becca Barclay on 0300 012 9878, or send an email.