The Anthony Buckingham Memorial Prize 2022
A brand new local heritage prize for primary schools focusing on the history of Sittingbourne has been launched with the organisers hoping it will inspire local school classes to delve a bit more into the town’s fascinating past. The Anthony Buckingham Memorial prize will only be open to primary schools in Sittingbourne and the surrounding villages (around 20 in all) with two prizes to be awarded to the best local history projects produced.
Working in conjunction with the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum the organisers are awarding a first prize of £400 and a second prize of £200 to the two classes who produce the best project on any aspect of local history that interests them. It could be made up of written work, pictures, historic investigation or any other inventive way to impart some area of local knowledge.
The independent judging panel will consist of several of Anthony Buckingham’s relatives along with members of Sittingbourne Heritage Museum and a Heritage
Champion from within Swale Borough Council. The winners will be invited to an afternoon reception to be held in Sittingbourne in June 2022.
The competition is completely free to enter and as many classes in one school can enter as wish to. The competition is open to all primary schools in Sittingbourne and its surrounding villages. The deadline for entries is Friday 22nd April. Cllr. Mike Baldock, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning added “This is a really exciting scheme. Our heritage is part of what makes us and our communities what we are, and learning about that heritage helps us ground ourselves ever more closely to the places we grow up in. Young people are our future, and when our future embraces our past we enrich our present, and as we enrich ourselves, we enrich the communities we live in.
The Anthony Buckingham Memorial Prize has been established to encourage local school children to find out more about the Sittingbourne area and its fascinating
history and is named after a local resident who championed Sittingbourne’s heritage for the 50 years he was resident here. Anthony Buckingham was
responsible for the wording on the Blue Plaques that are still dotted around the High Street, wrote the very first Sittingbourne Town Trail, ran evening
classes on local architecture, and was also a volunteer at the Old Courthouse in Milton Regis.