The Worshipful Company of Curriers, one of the livery companies of the City of London, has established an essay prize on the history of London, in association with The London Journal Trust and the Institute of Historical Research. The author of the winning submission will receive £1,000 and the essay will normally be published in The London Journal. Essays must fall within the scope of The London Journal. They may be on any aspect of the history of London, from the Romans to the present day, reflect any relevant approach or disciplinary perspective, and can consider London alone or in comparison with other cities. Essays must be based on original research, and should not have been previously published.
Area of research:
The history of London from the Romans to the present day.
The prize is open to postgraduate students registered at UK universities, and to early career scholars based in the UK. ‘Early career’ is defined for this purpose as someone who has completed (ie been successfully examined for) a PhD within the previous three years.
Submissions should be a maximum of 8,000 words in length (including endnotes) and be suitable for publication in an academic journal. Submitted essays must be in the house style of The London Journal and be in article format. Further guidance on the scope and requirements of The London Journal can be found here.
Applications are currently closed. The Prize will run again next year from mid-May to 31 August 2019. Please check the Institute of Historical Research website or follow @LonJournal on Twitter for updates.
The selection panel will make its decisions based on:
- the author’s skill and control in using sources;
- the author’s command of evidence;
- the author’s clarity and quality of writing;
- whether the entry makes a clearly defined contribution to the knowledge and understanding of an aspect of the history of London;
- the originality of the entry.
Hard-copy entries will be deemed ineligible. Only entries submitted using the IHR’s online application system will be considered.
As well as completing the ‘Personal Details’ and ‘Education’ fields, applicants should submit their prize entry as a Word document in the ‘Uploads’ tab of the online form, under the section ‘Prize entry or research trip costings’.
Curriers' Prize Winning Articles
free access 2017 Winner
‘Those Enemies of Christ, if They are Suffered to Live Among us’: Locating Religious Minority Homes and Private Space in Early Modern London
- Emily Vine
free access 2017 Runner Up
- Tom Almeroth-Williams
‘To Avoide All Envye, Malys, Grudge and Displeasure’: Sociability and Social Networking at the London Wardmote Inquest, c.1470–1540
- Charlotte Berry
2015 Joint Winner
'We Care Not a Fig, Who is Lord Mayor of London, or Tory or Whig’: Popular Political Culture in the City of London, c.1725–1746
- Eleanor Bland
2015 Joint Winner
If You Build it, They Will Come: The Role of Individuals in the Emergence of Canary Wharf, 1985–1987
- Jack Brown
- Ian Stone
2014 Runner Up
Redressing Reform Narratives: Victorian London's Street Markets and the Informal Supply Lines of Urban Modernity
- Peter T.A. Jones