The Pamela Cox Public History Prize recognises activities that enhance public understanding of social and cultural history. It was established as a mark of gratitude to our outgoing chair Professor Pamela Cox, who was tireless in efforts to open dialogue with different audiences while chairing the Social History Society.

The prize is awarded to a postgraduate student or an early career researcher who can demonstrate excellence in taking their research beyond the academy. The inaugural winner was Dr Chad McDonald for the exhibition ‘James Parkes and the age of intolerance’ and the 2021 winner was Dr Alice Sage for the project and virtual exhibition ‘Photographing Fairies’.

The prize was intended to provide one year’s free membership of the SHS, a full bursary to attend our annual conference and a showcase of their work on our Community Exchange. In light of Covid-19, the bursary has been replaced by a £200 cash prize.

There are no restrictions on the format of activity undertaken: it could include work with museums and heritage organisations, co-production with community groups, the creation of online resources, media appearances, contributions to public policy, arts based projects or the organisation of events designed for non-academic audiences. However, the activity must have taken place in the past twelve months.

We will accept nominations from individual PGR/ECRs, their supervisors, or any member of the Social History Society. Anyone wishing to nominate is required to complete a nomination form providing details to verify the activities described. Nominations for the 2021 prize close on 31 March.

All entries will be judged by the Social History Society committee in relation to their initiative, the way they have enhanced public understanding and their social benefit.

The award is open to all postgraduate research students currently registered at a UK HEI and post-docs within one year of their viva. The person nominated does not need to be a current member of the Society.

Download the nomination form

The completed nomination form should be emailed to our Honorary Secretary, Georgina Brewis, at