In support of its aims the Society makes the following grants and awards

Grant to support the study of Portable Antiquities Scheme finds from Cheshire

The Society wishes to encourage the study and publication of objects (or groups/types of object) reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme from Cheshire and adjoining areas, to ensure that their potential contribution to the understanding of the archaeology and history of the county is realised. It is therefore offering a grant of £700 every two years to help suitable persons to undertake such research. It is a condition of the grant that the results of the research shall be offered for first publication as an article in the Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society.

For more information and an application form, click here for a version in MS Word 1997-2003 or here for a PDF version.

We are offering this grant again in 2018.
Our first grant, in 2016, went to Carl Savage and Matthew Ball for a study of unpublished Roman, medieval and post-medieval coin hoards in Cheshire. Their work is published in Journal of the Chester Archaeological Society vol 87 for 2017.

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The Chester Archaeological Society offers an annual prize of £100 to the best final year dissertation in the Department of History and Archaeology at Chester University, preferably on a local subject.

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For more information, please contact Dr Caroline Pudney

The Chester Archaeological Society Dissertation Prize 2018 was awarded to Victoria Bounds from the University of Chester for her dissertation on The Representation of Field Sports within Heritage Sites. The Department of History and Archaeology would like to thank CAS for once again offering this award to our students. Victoria’s dissertation was one of the highest achieving of the archaeology cohort in 2018 and it is with great pleasure that her work has also been acknowledged by such an award.

St John’s House Trust Grants

The St John’s House Trust is inviting applications for grants between £50 and £6000 to support archaeological work in and around Chester. Grants may be used for: archaeological fieldwork and other research; the acquisition, preservation, restoration and reconstruction of archaeological sites, monuments and objects; archaeological publication; other allied activities.

See the attached Grant Application Invitation for more information.

Society chairman Dan Garner awards the 2012 prize to Andrew Radford for ‘Early Medieval Sculpture of the Northwest’

Guest lecturer Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews. (The decision to award two prizes in 2011 was exceptional and reflects the fact that there were two dissertations of equal merit).

Past chairman Phil Miles awards the 2011 prizes to Gary Duckers (left) for ‘Polygons and Place’ and to Dean Paton (right) for ‘Things aren’t always what they seem’