Local Volunteers Win National Award:

North Leigh Roman Villa Volunteers Commended as “Heritage Heroes in Lockdown 2020”

North Leigh Roman Villa Volunteers have been awarded a Commendation by the Heritage Alliance for outstanding heritage voluntary work in 2020.

The collective efforts of a group of 25 committed locals worked to promote North Leigh's Villa site as a resource for well-being and education throughout the pandemic. This was judged to be a perfect example of where English Heritage volunteers have made a massive difference in linking heritage sites with their community during the pandemic.

During the summer, the volunteers led a series of successful open mosaic days, hosting over 1,250 visitors which is near twice as many as the previous year. Visitors generously donated nearly £1,000 to benefit the site, and in spite of covid restrictions, the team of volunteers gave over 1000 hours of their time, including 290 on-site in 2020.

For over a decade, Ecclesiastical’s Heritage Heroes Awards have celebrated the wonderful contribution of volunteers in the heritage sector. More than a simple thank you, these awards are a great opportunity to demonstrate how volunteers can take ownership of the heritage around them and make a real difference.