Thames Heritage Trust Awards

The River Thames Society is pleased to have worked with the Thames Heritage Trust on the development of its awards.  The Thames Heritage Awards are made annually to groups and organisations involving young people under the age of 25 which stimulate use of and interest in the river, as well as bringing benefit to the Thames.  Nominations may be made by individuals, groups or organisations and must demonstrate benefit under one or more themes.


The main Thames Heritage Trust Award, for volunteer youth activities of benefit to the river community and environment, went to the Thames Explorer Trust, which was created 30 years ago by a group of people passionate about the Thames, its history and environment, at a time when river use was declining. Based at Chiswick Pier House, its learning programmes offer a wide range of activities at a number of venues along the river between Brentford/ Kew and Greenwich, with over 20,000 participants a year. The trust runs a programme of curriculum-based activities and events for adults, including away days for teachers. 

Two Thames Heritage Trust Branch Area Awards were presented. The first went to the 1st Walton (Viking) Sea Scouts, which was formed in 1910 and kept going through both World Wars. There are around 120 young members and 60 adult/older teenage volunteers who take part in canoeing and kayaking on the Thames, and sailing and power-boating on Island Barn Reservoir, West Molesey. The second went to Thames Young Mariners, an outdoor learning centre at Ham that provides a wide range of activities for children in collaboration with a variety of local community groups. On an average busy day there are around 120 children and young people sailing, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, orienteering and doing many other activities. 


The Thames Heritage Trust John Coleman Trophy, for an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Thames, was awarded to Ken Dwan, whose nomination from the Upper Tideway Branch stated: “Ken is one of the exceptional river characters of which we should be so proud, reaching prominence as an international sportsman, a passenger-boat operator and now running an active boatyard.” The award recognises and thanks Ken for his major contribution to the river across a lifetime and in diverse fields, demonstrating how much he and the Thames have to offer.

Ken Dwan received the THT John Coleman Trophy from Lord Owen

Ken Dwan received the THT John Coleman Trophy from Lord Owen

Details of the THT Awards can be found at :

Or from:

Jeanette Bird
Thames Heritage Trust
The Annexe, 3 Gadsden Drive
Witley, Surrey, GU8 5QQ
01483 283649