Longman-History Today Awards

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The Longman-History Today Awards is the name of an annual awards ceremony, run by Longman and History Today magazine, in which prizes are presented in various categories "to promote the study, publication and accessibility of history to a wide audience." The Awards, given in memory of one of the founding editors of History Today, Peter Quennell, are announced at a gala event in London each January.[1]

The award categories are:

  • The Trustees Award - given to a person or organisation that has done most to promote history over the last year or years.
  • Book of the Year - given for an author’s first or second book.
  • Picture Researcher of the Year - given to a researcher who has done outstanding work to enhance a text with the creative, imaginative and wide-ranging selection of appropriate images.
  • Undergraduate Dissertation of the Year - for the best dissertation presented by a final-year undergraduate at a British university.

Past winners[edit]

(note: in 2012 the decision was made to rename the awards for the year in which they are given. Hence, there is no award for 2011).



Prize Winner Runner-up Highly commended
The Trustees Award Pevsner Architectural Guides, published by Yale University Press.
Book of the Year Award Memories of Empire. Vol. I The White Man’s World by Bill Schwarz (Oxford University Press)
Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Pauline Hubner (for The Great Builders by Kenneth Powell)
Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Frederick Smith (University of Durham) for Discerning Cheese from Chalke: Louvainist Propaganda and Recusant Identity in 1560s England



Prize Winner Runner-up Highly commended
The Trustees Award Professor Gordon Campbell (University of Leicester).
Book of the Year Award Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe by Craig Koslofsky (Cambridge University Press)
Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Caroline Hotblack (for Black Sea by Neal Ascherson) and Cecilia Mackay (for Crimea by Orlando Figes)
Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Richard Lowe-Lauri (University of Durham) for The Decline of the Stamford Bull-Running c. 1788-1840



Prize Winner Runner-up Highly commended
The Trustees Award Professor Tim Hitchcock (University of Hertfordshire) and Professor Robert Shoemaker (University of Sheffield) for The Old Bailey Proceedings Online and London Lives.
Book of the Year Award Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War by Alan Allport (Yale University Press)

Pashas: Traders and Travellers in the Islamic World by James Mather (Yale University Press)

Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Julie McMahon (for Stalingrad by Antony Beevor)

Steve Behan (for The Battle of Britain by Richard Overy)

Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Alexander Baggallay (University of Edinburgh) for Myths of Mau Mau Expanded: The Role of Rehabilitation in Detention Camps During the State of Emergency in Kenya, 1954-1960

David Kenrick (University of Liverpool) for Identity and the Politics of Survival: White Rhodesia, 1965-1980


Prize Winner
The Trustees Award Diarmaid MacCulloch
Book of the Year Award Hot Flushes, Cold Science: A History of the Modern Menopause by Louise Foxcroft (Granta)
Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Alice Foster and Sally Paley (for Shakespeare’s London on Five Groats a Day by Richard Tames (Thames & Hudson))
Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Eleanor Betts (Queen Mary, University of London) for Who Will Help? The Impact of the 1866 Cholera Epidemic on the Children of East London


Prize Winner Runner-up Highly commended
The Trustees Award Simon Jenkins
Book of the Year Award The Forsaken: From the Great Depression to the Gulags – Hope and Betrayal in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis
  • The Pain and the Privilege: The Women in Lloyd George’s Life by Ffion Hague
  • Pilgrims: New World Settlers and the Call of Home by Susan Hardman Moore
  • War in England, 1642-1649 by Barbara Donagan
  • Richard II: Manhood, Youth and Politics by Christopher Fletcher
  • The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution by Deborah E. Harkness
  • Blessed Days of Anasthesia: How Anasthetics Changed the World by Stephanie J. Snow
Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Melanie Haselden (for Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory by Lisa Jardine)
  • Caroline Wood (for A History of Herbert Smith by Tom Philips)
  • Alice Foster (for Discovery! Unearthing the New Treasures of Archaeology ed. Professor Brian M. Fagan)
Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Catherine Martin, University of Greenwich


Award Winner Highly commended
The Trustees Award William Hague
Book of the Year Award Life on Air: A History of Radio 4 by David Hendy
  • Nazis and the Cinema by Susan Tegel
  • God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill
  • Mrs Woolf and the Servants: The Hidden Heart of Domestic Service by Alison Light
Picture Research Award Juliet Brightmore (for A Little History of the English Country Church by Roy Strong)
Undergraduate Dissertation Prize Morgan Daniels, Queen Mary, University of London
Local History Project Award Unheard Stories


  1. ^ http://www.historytoday.com/awards The Longman-History Today Awards
  2. ^ History Today website
  3. ^ http://www.historytoday.com/blog/2013/01/winners-longman-history-today-awards-2013
  4. ^ History Today, Vol. 62, Issue 3 (March, 2012), pp.6-7.
  5. ^ http://www.historytoday.com/paul-lay/longman-history-today-prize-2012
  6. ^ History Today, Vol. 61, Issue 3 (March, 2011), pp.6-7.
  7. ^ http://www.historytoday.com/paul-lay/longman-history-today-awards-2010

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