Alan Ball Award Winners Announced

We are very pleased to announced the winners of Alan Ball Awards for 2020 and 2021. The Awards recognise achievement in local history publication. This year there were three categories: best print publication, best e-publication and best community publication.  

It was very competitive field – we received around 38 nominations of the book award and 10 for the e-award – so many congratulations to all the winners and those highly commended. A thank you too to the judges and Solihull Library for hosting us.


Hard-copy winner: John Simpson (ed),  Managing Poverty: Cheltenham Settlement Examinations and Removal Orders, 1831-52.  Published by the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.

Highly commended: Rowan Whimster, Ramsbury: A Place and its People. Published by the Friends of the Holy Cross Church, Ramsbury.

Community award: Louise Wong (ed.), Crossing the Borders [Stories of the S E Asian communities in Manchester]. An NLHF funded project by the Wai Yin Society / Manchester University / Ahmed Iqbal Ulah RACE centre –  Manchester Central Library / Manchester Art Gallery.

E publication award: Stroudwater History website – Published by the Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity.


Hard-copy joint winner: The Picture of Yarmouth: 200 Years of Built Heritage. Published by the Great Yarmouth Local History & Archaeological Society.

Hard-copy joint winner: Louise Ryland-Epton (ed), Bremhill Parish Through the Ages: The Heritage of a Wiltshire Community. Published by the Bremhill Parish History Group.

Hard-copy highly commended: Lewis N Wood, Banstead War Memorial 100 Years: An Illustrated history. Published by the Banstead History Research Group.

Hard-copy highly commended: Clare Wichbold – Hard Work – But Glorious: Stories from the Herefordshire Suffrage Campaign (self-published).

Community award joint winner: Alison Wilson with Anna Crutchley and Lilian Rundblad, photography by Faruk Kara, A Community Remembers: Histon Road  (book with CD). Published by the Histon Road Area Residents Association.

Community award joint winner: Nunnery Lane and Clementhorpe: Exploring Old Shops and Pubs in York. Published by the Clements Hall Local History Group.

E-publication: South West Heritage Trails – Torbay Discovery Heritage Trail Published by South West Heritage Trust.


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