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Chester-based Big Heritage win award for Roman history project

Loyd Grossman presents Chester agency with national award

Loyd Grossman presents national heritage award to Chester-based agency Big Heritage. PICTURED: Dr Lloyd Grossman (Heritage Alliance) Dean Paton (Big Heritage) and Bill Bevan (chair of the AHI)

A heritage and archaeology company based in Chester were presented with one of the UK’s most prestigious heritage awards last week,

At a ceremony presented by chairman of the Heritage Alliance, Dr Loyd Grossman, Big Heritage, based at Riverside Innovation Centre won the award for their Roman Medicine Roadshow project.

They take aspects of ancient medicine out to schools and public venues across the UK.

Big Heritage founder Dean Paton said: "It’s a cliché, but these are awards where being short-listed is an honour, so to find out we were winners against amazing projects from The Royal Armouries and Historic England is just phenomenal.

“It’s testament to our approach of putting people first in everything we do, as that is what the judges highlighted.”

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The biannual Association of Heritage Interpretation Awards scheme recognises and rewards the best practice in heritage interpretation across the UK and Ireland.

Chair of the visiting judging panel Bill Bevan said: "The Roman Medicine Roadshow was a very inclusive, brave and sensory approach to the interpretation of Roman medicine and the practice of archaeological osteology. It combined exciting live interpretation in non-heritage venues and active school workshops to appeal to all learning styles, based on good formative evaluation. A project that truly provokes thought."

Big Heritage are the driving-force behind the popular Chester Unlocked project which they created in partnership with CH1 Chester Business Improvement District. This project has also been nominated for a Marketing Cheshire Award, with the winner set to be announced in November.

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