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 – www.stroudwaterhistory.org.uk. 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 www.southwestheritagetrails.org.uk. Published by South West Heritage Trust.