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The 2016 Women’s History Network Community Prize winners

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The History Press is proud to sponsor the Women's History Network's annual Community History Project prize. The prize is awarded to the team that creates a project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community completed between January 2015 and May 2016. The prize awards £500 to the winner to develop further publications and research. 

The Women’s History Network is a national association and charity for the promotion of women’s history and the encouragement of people interested in women’s history. Established in 1991, the network reaches out to welcome women and men from any background who share a passion for women’s history. 

The prize is judged by a panel of representatives drawn from the Women's History Network, The History Press, heritage professionals and community historians. The prizes were awarded at the Women's History Network's annual conference at Leeds Trinity University in September and the winning projects are listed below. Thank you to all of the teams who submitted their projects for consideration and congratulations to our 2016 winners.

Winner: 

Women Making History in West Dunbartonshire: Bringing women together through workshops and events to research, document, preserve and celebrate West Dunbartonshire women’s social experiences during the 1950s and 60s and their importance on shaping local heritage. The aim was to develop accessible community reminiscence and educational resources on local women’s history for local groups, schools and the wider general public.

Judge's comments: "We were impressed with the Virtual memory box and also how much you had done on a small budget. There was a real sense of how the group involved was on a journey, developing historical research skills and knowledge along the way. We were also impressed by the support and link with the Glasgow Women’s Library and plans for future research - well done."

Winner: 

Wicked Welsh Women: Pupils from Greenhill school, with Narberth Museum, curated an exhibition to highlight the diverse lives of historic local women. Female experience, particularly within our rural demographic, is often underrepresented. As such, the teenagers presented research from a uniquely 21st Century perspective, creating Facebook-style profile pages for each subject.

Judge's comments: "This project was led by young people who were inspired to carry out their own research into the lives of local women and convey it in an innovative and entertaining way.  We look forward to seeing more work from these future historians! Narberth Museum is also to be congratulated for encouraging and supporting school pupils to take over the space and find their own way into Women's History. There was some lovely use of new media and the project is a wonderful example of how youngsters can really gain a sense of ownership of museums and their exhibitions – we hope other museums will see it as an example. This project showed the most wonderful involvement of young people in researching and conveying in an innovative way to portray the History of Women."

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