Community Prize Winners

2018 Community History Prize Winner

2018 Community Prize WinnerThis year’s winner of the Community History Prize was the Royal College of Nursing with their project on: Service Scrapbooks: Nursing, Storytelling and the First World War.  A team of 32 volunteer nurses worked with the RCN Library and Archives team to make the stories of 10 First World War nurses available to a public audience for the first time. They scanned and transcribed 976 scrapbook pages from the archives, using them to recreate these nurses’ lives online.

2018 community prize winnersEverything about the project delighted the judging panel. They were pleased to see the group working with retired and practicing nurses who …

2017 Community History Prize Winner

Twenty two entries were received for the WHN Community History Prize 2017, nine of which were shortlisted for final consideration by the Panel.

The field was wide this year, with entries submitted for the first time by organisations from France and Northern Ireland.  Scotland, England and Wales were well represented, and we received another excellent entry from Glasgow Women’s Library, the 4th in as many years.

The Panel elected to divide the 2017 prize between two winners:

JOINT WINNER: TYNE & WEAR MUSEUMS, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, for Tiny Sparks at Discovery Museum

2016 Community History Prize Winner

The Community History Prize was shared in 2016 between a project undertaken by  West Dunbartonshire Women’s History Group working with Glasgow Women’s Library entitled Women Making History in West Dunbartonshire, and a project undertaken by Pupils from Greenhill school, with Narberth Museum entitled Wicked Welsh Women.

W2016 Community Prize West Dunbartonshire Women's History Group Exhibitionest Dunbartonshire Women’s History Group’s project brought women together through workshops and events to research, document, preserve and celebrate West Dunbartonshire women’s social experiences during the 1950s and 60s. Their aim was to develop accessible community reminiscence and educational resources on local women’s history for local groups, schools and the wider …

2015 Community History Prize Winner

Maggie Andrews with Community History Prize winner Ruth Beazley for Triangle Mill Sisters

Maggie Andrews with Community History Prize winner Ruth Beazley for Triangle Mill Sisters

There were twenty-three wonderful competitors for the Community History Prize which was won by Ruth Beazley who, with some support from local libraries, undertook a project entitled Triangle Mill Sisters. The focus of the project was the 100 women mill workers who lived in a hostel at Triangle, near Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, between the 1920s and 1970s. The project began with a unique collection of 200 photographs of this community of women, which has formed the basis of displays, interviews and events as well as archival …

2014 Community History Prize Winner

Community History prizewinner

Maggie Davis of the St Ives Archive (left) and Sophie Bradshaw of the History Press (right)

The Women’s History Network awarded the Community History Prize for the first time this year. It is sponsored by the History Press. Details of the impressive range of shortlisted entrants can be found at: http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/womens-history-network. It was great to see so many examples of grass-root Women’s History taking place in communities across the country. The shortlist included projects on women who worked in Cambridge Laundries, the use of badges to explore Women’s History and an oral history of a 1960s single mothers’ home …