What is the George Phillips Award?The George Phillips Award is presented annually to the owner of a domestic, commercial or industrial development, extended, refurbished or new-build, which is considered to have made the most significant contribution to conserving the character of the built environment in Rutland. It is for projects which are completed during the year prior to the presentation of the award and is organized jointly by Rutland History Society and Rutland County Council.The owner of the winning project is presented with a plaque in the shape of a Rutland horseshoe which can be affixed to the building.The award was established following a generous donation to the Rutland History Society by Patrick Coyne in memory of his grandfather, George Phillips.Who was George Phillips?George Phillips came to Rutland 1891 at the age of 34 as Inspector of Weights and Measures. His interest in local history and archaeology led him to carry out extensive research and he probably recorded and published more detail on the history of Rutland than anyone else to date. A great deal of his spare time was spent at the British Museum. Here he researched every record he could find which related to Rutland. In 1903 he inaugurated the Rutland Magazine and County Historical Record and was responsible for many of the historical articles in Matkin’s Almanack. He also published the Cambridge County Geography of Rutland in 1912, but his greatest achievement was his Rutland and the Great War of 1920. This comprehensive work is a fitting memorial to his enthusiasm and regard for his adopted county. George Phillips was a keen member of the local church and he is credited with organizing, at Oakham, the first Parochial Church Council in the country. A plaque to his memory has been erected in Church Passage, Oakham, where he started a library, whilst living next door in what is now a solicitor's office.