River Thames Society Annual Awards

The RTS Annual Trophy is awarded to the individual or group of individuals, organisation or corporate body which in the opinion of the Society has made the most significant contribution to the well-being of the River Thames.  Since 1994 the Society has been pleased to recognise a very wide range of inspirational work which has benefitted the river, including environmental projects, conservation of the heritage of the river, educational programmes and the improvement of access to the river for people with disabilities.

Recommendations for this award are invited from any individual, company or organisation, whether or not they are directly connected with the river.   The type of achievement the Society wishes to recognise might include those that add to the beauty of the river such as new architecture or bankside developments; commercial developments which increase river usage; or projects which enable people of all ages to learn more about the river and its history thereby ensuring its future stewardship.

In addition, the Durant Cup is awarded annually to the River Thames Society member who has made the most significant individual contribution to the life and ethos of the River Thames.

Nominations should be received by the Administrator no later than 31st January each year.  Following a Selection Panel meeting, the winner will be notified in advance and a presentation will be made at the Society’s AGM during April.

If you wish to make a nomination or would like further details, please contact the Administrator.



The latest awards, recognising activities during 2017, were made at the 2018 River Thames Society AGM, held on 21st April at the Hurlingham YC, Putney.

The Society’s Shield ("for an individual or group making the most significant contribution to the life/well-being of the river") went to the Bil Family, who have run a tug and river works company for many years and helped at many river events.

The Durant Cup for an individual member making a similar contribution went to Paul Coleman, for maintaining the Thames Heritage Trust awards.

RTS Awards 2018RTS president Lord Owen (r) presents the RTS Shield to the Bil family: Charlie, Dilly and Steve (l-r).