Women’s History Network Community History Prize

An annual £500 prize is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community.  This prize has been sponsored  by The History Press since 2014.

We encourage submissions from projects that include a strong element of community engagement or collaboration and which communicate a sense of heritage uncovered and learning shared by participants from outside the academic or professional heritage sector.

Projects can have creative or wellbeing outcomes, as well as research outputs, but the entrants’ activity must have led to the creation of something which is based on and communicates the findings of the group’s historical research, such as a drama production, artwork, website, documentary, pamphlet, heritage trail, book, exhibition, artefact or event.

Criteria for eligibility

  • Applications must be submitted electronically on the appropriate form, in a word format, by the submission date of 31 May.
  • Applications must be accompanied by the electronic submission of two jpg images showing the project activity which can be used as part of WHN/History Press publicity in print and online.
  • The project must have been completed in the 17 months prior to submission.
  • A representative of the winning group is expected to attend the WHN Annual Conference to receive their award. (The WHN will cover the cost of UK rail travel for one person from the group to attend the Conference).
  • Current members of the WHN Steering Committee are not eligible to enter the competition.

To enter please download and complete the entry form – ENTRY FORM Community History Prize 2019

For further information please email : communityhistoryprize@womenshistorynetwork.org



2019 WHN Community History Prize Winner

This year’s winner of the Community History Prize was the Glasgow Women’s Library which to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act developed an animated web resource highlighting the forgotten heroines who campaigned for women across the world to have the right to vote. 101 women were animated by animation students from six colleges across Scotland. The panel were very enthusiastic about the excellent and permanent resource for the centenary and the very moving and direct and a great showcase for local talent.…

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:


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 …