The Worcestershire Historical Society Prize



The Worcestershire Historical Society is to award a prize of £100 for the best essay on Worcestershire history in 2018, and in subsequent years. Any aspect of the history of the county or diocese of Worcester can be covered, or places within their boundaries. 

The terms of the prize are that the essay should normally contain about 10,000 to 12,000 words.  It should be based on research, and should not have been published. The essay might have been submitted as a dissertation as part of the requirements of a degree, but might also have been written by a local historian unconnected with a university. 

Any queries about the choice of subject, and about the procedure for entry, can be addressed to Professor Christopher Dyer, email

The essays should be submitted by 31 December 2019 in paper form to the Worcestershire Historical Society, The Hive, Sawmill Walk, The Butts, Worcester, WR1 3PB, and in electronic form to Mrs Sue Redding at

We take great pleasure to announce that the prize for 2016 was awarded to Sarah Greaves for her work: 'Morality or Captivity?: A Study of Powick Lunatic Asylum, 1860-1900'.