A teenage tour guide who volunteers at the Gordon Highlanders’ Museum in Aberdeen has been named the Sunday Mail Young Scot Heritage Hero 2012.
The Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards celebrates the outstanding and unsung achievements of Scotland's young people and the Heritage Hero category, sponsored by Historic Scotland, recognises and celebrates young people who give their time selflessly to protect, maintain and support the country’s historic environment.
Sean Press (17) from Kingswells was chosen from a shortlist of three that also included John Crawford (18), an apprentice with The National Trust for Scotland at Culzean Castle, and Rebecca Stapley (24), a volunteer at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
Commenting on his award, Sean said: "I started volunteering at the museum around three years ago, when I began taking tours. Over the years I've moved into research, although I still take tours when I’m needed.
"I help people with family history research, and I’m also looking to improve the information we hold on our medals and armoury. I’ve created a book that visitors can look through for family records, and I’ve been studying some of our weapons, including a Lee Enfield rifle used on the SS River Clyde during the Battle of Gallipoli in 1916.
"Although I'm going on to university to study history and politics later this year, I will continue to work at the museum."
Historic Scotland Chief Executive Ruth Parsons said: "I am delighted that Sean has won the Heritage Hero Award 2012. It is extremely encouraging to see young people like Sean, John and Rebecca, with a such passion for Scottish history.
"Their enthusiasm for Scotland’s heritage and their energy and commitment to share this knowledge with others, is truly inspiring."
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