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Archaeology Scotland Heritage Hero Awards

Why this award?

The Heritage Hero Awards are an award scheme for young people in Scotland. Their focus is on 'cultural' rather than 'natural' heritage. They aim to encourage young people to connect with their past, and to reward their achievement. The Awards are based around participation in a central project chosen by each participating group but also sit alongside opportunities for individuals to develop personal interests. 

The aims of the award scheme are:
♦ To improve young people’s self-confidence and wellbeing through engagement with challenging heritage projects
♦ To inspire young people to develop a lifelong interest in Scotland’s past
♦ To increase awareness of how to access Scotland’s heritage in schools, youth groups and similar organisations
♦ To help foster links between heritage organisations, community groups and young people

The Awards are available at 5 levels, with each level requiring participants to complete 5 elements: Plan - Investigate - Engage - Inspire - Reflect. 

To register, complete Part 1 of the Project Outline form and email it to Archaeology Scotland. Further information can be found in the award Handbook.

Who is it for?

The awards are aimed primarily at young people aged 10 to 25. Projects can be developed in schools, youth groups, heritage organisations and community groups.

What time commitment is required?

The Explorer Award is for short projects only lasting a day/ weekend, with a guideline minimum commitment of 3 hours. The time commitment rises through each level of the awards scheme. The guideline time commitment to achieve the Gold Heritage Hero Award is 60 hours.

Is the award externally accredited?

​The awards are are supported through the Education Team at Archaeology Scotland and lead to an Awards Certificate from Archaeology Scotland. They may also contribute towards requirements for achievement of other youth awards (see Handbook for further suggestions)

Provider: Archaeology Scotland

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Budget: Free

For Ages: 10 - 26+

Time to Complete: 15 Hours


  • Volunteering
  • Youth Work
  • Get Outdoors
  • Making friends
  • Achievement
  • Develop my CV
  • Gain new skills

Type of Involvement:

  • With Others
  • Local Community
  • On my own
  • Join a group

Award Recognition:

  • Certificate of Achievement

Meeting Frequency:


Contact Rebecca Barclay on 0300 012 9878, or send an email.