Mick's good causes

Prof. Aston could often be seen wearing the T-shirts of his favourite causes. Mick supported certain humanitarian and environmental charities for decades. More recently he became a sponsor for awards in the field he bestrode like a colossus: popularising archaeology. Here are the good causes he aided.

Greenpeace Mick said I have always supported Greenpeace - since when it had far fewer members. In recent years he supported The Greenpeace Environmental Trust, which aims to further public understanding in world ecology and the natural environment.
Medecin Sans Frontiers Medicin Sans Frontiers is an independent humanitarian medical aid agency, which provides medical aid wherever needed, regardless of politics, race or religion.
Oxfam Mick long supported Oxfam as the big guns in any crisis. Oxfam also funds longer term development programmes and campaigns to end poverty world-wide.
Sightsavers This charity works in the world's poorest countries to restore sight and prevent needless blindness.
Feed The Children A UK charity with a regional office in Bristol, but international in scope.
Woodland Trust The Woodland Trust is the UK's leading conservation charity dedicated to the protection of our native woodland heritage.
Young Archaeologists Club

Mick at Bridgend

The Young Archaeologists' Club is the only UK-wide club for 8-16 year olds interested in archaeology. It is run by the Council for British Archaeology, with the aid of volunteers in local branches.

Mick was a keen supporter. He helped to set up a YAC branch for Bristol and Bath, and officially launched the Bridgend branch in August 2004. In June 2006 he presented certificates to members of the Worcestershire YAC and in November 2009 gave a talk to members of the Leicester YAC.

Churches Conservation Trust The Churches Conservation Trust (formerly the Redundant Churches Fund) cares for those of England's historic churches which are no longer needed for regular worship. Since Mick had such an interest in early monasteries and constantly visits historic churches, this charity was a good match for him.
Bristol University

The MA in Archaeology for Screen Media at Bristol University has been linked with Time Team from the first. Mick sponsored the Mick Aston Prize on this course.

St George's Bristol This former church is a popular venue for concerts and music recordings, because of its fine acoustics. It was built in the 19th century in the Greek Revival style. Mick enjoyed the classical concerts there and was a benefactor.