We are re-running our Postgraduate Exchange prize in 2022.

The strength of the past two year’s entries showed this is an effective way of supporting postgraduate researchers and showcasing their work. Last year’s  winner was ‘Breaking down from the ‘double load’: women workers’ mental health in 1940s England’ by Grace Whorrall-Campbell. The inaugural competition was won by Kate Brooks for the blog ‘Making a Stand With Mary: Precarious Employment in Pandemic Times’.

This year, we are inviting blog submissions that relate to either our conference roundtable on ‘Education, Training and Opportunity’ or Amanda Vickery’s keynote ‘Making British Beauty: Provincial Women and Miss Great Britain, 1945-70’.

The content can be targeted to fit any of our three Exchange blogs but must show a clear link to either of the overarching themes.

The blog posts will be judged by committee and the winner will be awarded a £200 cash prize (with a £100 prize for the runner up). All entrants will be considered for publication on our blog.

This prize is open to all postgraduate members of the Society.

If you would like to enter a blog, you will need to email the entry to the Social History Society Administrator (socialhistorysoc@gmail.com) by midnight on Friday 10 June 2022.


Here are a few words of advice from the judges:

  • Our bloggers adopt a range of different approaches and we do not prescribe a single style
  • Your blog should be approximately 1,000 words in length and must include at least one image suitable for publication
  • Your blog should be written for as wide a readership as possible (assume an educated, non-specialist audience, who are interested in what you have to say but have little background knowledge)
  • Use hyperlinks to other work rather than formal references
  • You should include a brief bio at the end
  • Take a look at some existing examples and our contributor guidelines for more information.