Prize-winners

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 …

Winner of the Book Prize 2016

Our Fighting SistersThe panel decided to award the prize for 2016 to Natalya Vince, Our Fighting Sisters: Nation, Memory and Gender in Algeria, 1954– 2012 published by Manchester University Press. Between 1954 and 1962, Algerian women played a major role in the struggle to end French rule in one of the twentieth century’s most violent wars of decolonisation. This fascinating book provides the first in-depth exploration of what happened to these women after independence in 1962, offering an important insight into an area of women’s history which has until now remained hidden.

http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719091070/

The panel also specially commended Laura King’s Family Men.

Winner of Book Prize 2015

Women and the Counter-ReformationThe 2015 winner was Simone Laqua-O’Donnell’s book Women and the Counter Reformation in Early Modern Munster published by Oxford University Press.  This was considered to be a tightly organised book, based on a nuanced reading of many sources, and written in an engaging style that draws in the reader, even those without knowledge of the period.  The panel found it enthralling and difficult to put down.  It has a lovely opening page which links to the portrait on the front of the book and has some truly original insights.

For further details see Reviews in History  https://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/1688

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 …