The Social History Society has been encouraging and promoting innovative scholarship since founded in 1974. To this end, the new Social History Society Book Prize has been established.


2019 Prize

Nominations for the 2019 Prize are now open. To be eligible for consideration for the prize, the book must:


  • be at least its author’s second history book;
  • be on any subject in social history;
  • be an original and scholarly work of historical research;
  • have been published in English during the calendar year 2017 (and dated 2017), by a scholar or up to three scholars collaborating as co-authors, and normally resident in the United Kingdom.


The deadline for submissions is 1st December 2018.





2018 Prize

A call went out to over fifty presses to nominate scholarly and original works of historical research, written in English, on any subject in social and cultural history (providing they are not their author’s first book) published during 2016. Authors should be normally resident in the UK.

2018 WINNER: Sleep in Early Modern England by Sasha Handley (Yale University Press)

2018 RUNNER UP: Consumption and the Country House by Jon Stobart and Mark Rothery (Oxford University Press)

For more on the inaugural winners, please click here.