Cresswell resident Barry Mead was named the Community Archaeologist of the Year at a prestigious awards event in York.
Organised by the Council for British Archaeology, the accolade recognised the way he has inspired others to become involved in archaeology, as well as helping them to develop skills and knowledge about the subject and broken down barriers to them participating in archaeological projects and excavations.
Along with the award, Barry received £500, which he is donating to the major project to restore the Grade II* listed 15th Century Cresswell Pele Tower.
He has been one of the key figures behind the initiative and he has also encouraged scores of volunteers to take part in digs around the tower and adjoining fields.
Barry said he was ‘proud and humbled’ to receive the award.
He added: “I have been involved with community archaeology projects for around 40 years and I am truly grateful for all the support that I have received, which has resulted in the presentation of this award.
“The support I have received from Clive Waddington and his team at Archaeological Research Services, as well as the fantastic group of volunteers I have worked with over the past few months, has been overwhelming.”