Our congratulations go to local archaeologist, Barry Mead who has become a National Lottery Local Legend. The National Lottery Local Legend Award “recognises a person that has made an outstanding contribution to their local area. They may have enhanced the local culture or quality of life by dedicating their skills, enthusiasm and energy to a diverse range of projects”. The winners were selected by a panel made up of representatives from the National Lottery family.
Barry said “The 12 Local legends and guests were invited to the BBC studios in Wood Lane, London last week to watch the National Lottery awards show being recorded. It is being shown, I believe, on the 19th Nov. During the recording other award winners received their award from a variety of celebrities, including Hugh Bonneville, Torvill and Dean and Chris Hoy.
“Although the local legends weren’t filmed, were given their awards backstage by none other than BBC presenter and Strictly winner Ore Oduba. We were also treated to live performances from Rick Astley and Emeli Sandé. It was an exhilarating and unforgettable day.”
Barry is an archaeology & conservation volunteer in Cresswell, where he is involved with two of our Northumberland CVA member organisations: Cresswell Village Hall and Cresswell Pele Tower Charitable Incorporated Organisation. He was also awarded Community Archaeologist of the Year 2018 by the Council for British Archaeology for inspiring others to share his love of archaeology. He is also currently involved with the development of the Rocket House at Newbiggin by the Sea.
In the past, Barry has been a key member of the project teams in the development of Newbiggin Maritime Centre and Woodhorn Colliery Museum & Archives, amongst others, and has been a volunteer digger at the Lindisfarne Peregrini project, Mardon Hill excavation, Linbrig excavations, Land of Oak and Iron project and the Land of Oak and Iron project, and a conservation volunteer for CoastCare Northumberland and Northumberland National Trust. He has delivered archaeology sessions in schools in Linton, Lynemouth, Ellington, Widdrington and Heddon on the Wall. In his spare time he also gives talks on the local heritage to interested parties.