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.

For further information please email communityhistoryprize@womenshistorynetwork.org


2018 Community History Prize Winner

This 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

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

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. West Dunbartonshire Women’s History Group’s project brought women together

2015 Community History Prize Winner

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

2014 Community History Prize Winner

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

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