The 2019 Marsh Awards for Palaeontology, Mineralogy and Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

David Ward (left), Palaeontology Marsh Award 2017 winner, receiving his award from Brian Marsh

Event information

Event type: Science

Location: The Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum

Subject: Earth sciences

Speaker details: Prof Ian Crawford, vice-president of the Royal Astronomical Society: 'The Future Exploration of the Moon'.

Ticket prices:

Adult: Free

Date: 13 December 2019

The Marsh Awards recognise unsung heroes who have made a major contribution to the promotion of palaeontology, mineralogy or earth sciences.

The Palaeontology and Mineralogy awards recognise contributions made in the UK, which could include:

  • popular publications
  • websites
  • collecting and donation of natural history collections to museums
  • superb preparation or conservation of specimens in public collections
  • artistic or technical innovations

The Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year award recognises the achievements of authors who have published outstanding scientific or academic books in the field of Earth Sciences in the UK or abroad.

Nominations for 2019 are now being accepted for these three categories of Marsh Awards in partnership with the Natural History Museum. 

The awards

Three awards are presented:

  • The Marsh Award for Palaeontology
  • The Marsh Award for Mineralogy
  • The Marsh Award for Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

A certificate and £1,000 prize is awarded for each award.

Nominations and deadline

Nominations will be accepted for groups or individuals. Groups are eligible for self-nomination. Please utilize a separate form for each nominee, except for group nominees, in which case please list the name of each individual in the group.

Please complete the appropriate nomination form and send to, attaching any supplementary letters of support. The deadline for nominations is 1 November 2019.

The awards ceremony

The awards ceremony will be in the Flett Theatre of the Natural History Museum, London on 13 December 2019. As part of the awards ceremony, a lecture will be delivered by Prof Ian Crawford, vice-president of the Royal Astronomical Society. He will speak on 'The Future Exploration of the Moon'.

Attendance is free but registration is required. Please complete and submit the form below to by 12 December 2019.

More about the Marsh Awards

The awards are the creation of Brian Marsh OBE, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, who wanted a vehicle to recognise 'unsung heroes and heroines', people who are passionate about what they do and devote their time to improving the world and our knowledge of it.

The trust runs a scheme of some 80 awards in partnership with organisations across the fields of heritage, the arts, social welfare and conservation. 

Please visit the Marsh Christian Trust for more information.

Previous Winners

Marsh Award in Palaeontology

  • 2018 Christopher Duffin
  • 2017 David Ward
  • 2016 William Blows
  • 2015 Dean Lomax
  • 2013 John Quayle
  • 2012 Peter Austen
  • 2010 Steven Sweetman
  • 2009 Stan Wood
  • 2008 Joe S.H. Collins

Marsh Award in Mineralogy

  • 2018 Steve Rust
  • 2017 David Green
  • 2016 Roy Starkey

Best Earth Sciences Book of the Year

2018 Alan Graham for Land Bridges - Ancient environments, Plant Migrations and New World Connections. Chicago University, 2018.

2017 Eric Smith and Harold J Morowitz for The Origin and Nature of Life on Earth – The Emergence of the Fourth Geosphere. Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Event dates
13 December 2019 14.30-16.30


Would you like to nominate someone for an award? Please fill out the form below and submit by 1 November 2019.

Palaeontology nomination

Mineralogy nomination

Earth Sciences Book of the Year nomination


The event is free but registration is required. Please complete and submit the registration form by 12 December 2019.

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The Marsh Awards 2018 winners

Read an NHM blog post on the 2018 winners.