Conservation of the Historic Environment student wins prestigious Milestone Society Award

BCU Parkside Building

Catherine Kemp, student on the Conservation of the Historic Environment course will be presented with the Terry Keegan Award by The Milestone Society for her ‘excellent’ reports on both stone and metal conservation.

The presentation

The presentation will be made on Thursday 15 October, 12.45 at Birmingham City University’s state-of-the-art Parkside Building by Alan Reade, The Milestone Society’s Highways Liaison Manager. The audience on the day will include Terry’s daughter Alison as well as Catherine's fellow students on the course.

The Terry Keegan Award

The Award comprises of a carved trophy by one of the Society’s members Lionel Joseph, a cheque for £100, a commemorative Horse Brass to retain with a copy of Mervyn Benford’s Shire book “Milestones” and a year’s subscription to the Society. Catherine Kemp said:

Harriet Devlin, Course Leader for the Conservation of the Historic Environment said:

Catherine now continues her studies on the course whilst also planning future collaborations with the Milestone Society on the Warwickshire Gas Lamp Signposts Project. The student is also currently working for the Heritage Lottery Fund. Catherine added:

The award was named after the late Terry Keegan, who died in June 2012. Terry was one of the founders of the Milestone Society in 2000, which grew to 500 members within five years.


Milestones are classified as ‘listed buildings’ by English Heritage. Unlike most other ‘listed buildings’, single milestones are not grand enough to have a ‘Friends’ association or be cherished by an individual; milestones and guide stoops are mostly owned by the Highways Authorities and are distributed in the landscape, often being destroyed as roads are widened, or becoming victims of collision damage, smashed by verge-cutters, stolen for sale or deliberately vandalised.

Visit the official Milestone Society website for more information.

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