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Criteria, Process and Timetable

The Trust invites nominations for land, water or air based transport restoration projects for its prestigious annual Restoration Awards. Proposers can nominate either their own project or the work of others, and do not need to be a member of the Trust to apply.

Awards are made to restoration projects judged to be technically interesting, socially significant, or which fit with the Trust’s remit of preserving the past for the future.

The project should be well on the way to completion, with the lion’s share of the work completed by the owner or project group rather than a commercial restoration. There should be significant effort to maintain a high degree of originality in projects destined to be widely enjoyed by the public.

In addition to national recognition, a number of Awards will be accompanied by a financial contribution to the work.

How to apply

Nominations can be made online - click here. The closing date for the 2024 Awards being 1st November 2023

Proposers should provide three copyright-free photographs to accompany their entry.  If possible, these images should cover:

            The item in service”

            The item “as found”

            The item in its current state of restoration

The Awards process 

A shortlist of entries received will be compiled by the Awards Judging Panel. 
Please note the decision of the Panel will be final, so applicants are encouraged to submit full details and the best images available to them with their entry.

Key dates

1st November

Entry deadline for the 2024 Awards

December - March Shortlisted projects visited by NTT representative to view and discuss, collect further imagery and produce a report for the Awards Judging Panel
April-May  The Award Judging Panel sits to decide winners and allocate any financial contributions

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Winners will be informed immediately on completion of the Award Judging Panel deliberations. Where financial contributions are made, cheques will be included in that letter. Once confirmation of an Award has been received, recipients are free to publicise their Award should they so wish. Winners will also be invited to attend the Trust’s Annual Award Ceremony, which is held in the autumn.

Prior to the Awards Ceremony a small number of projects thought to the "best of the best" will be selected for "Commemorative" awards, named after key founder members of the Trust, these will  be announced during the award ceremony"



Should you have any questions about the awards, criteria or process please contact the Awards Manager  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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