Young Historian Awards 2019 – Secondary prizes

History competition for schools

Published 12th February 2019

Get young people writing history – and get them recognised for it!

Researching, writing and presenting ideas about a historical theme or period is one of the best parts about studying history so why leave it to the oldies. We want young people to get the bug for writing about history in an incisive, interesting and critical way while they are still at school and college.

That is why each year the Historical Association in collaboration with the Spirit of Normandy Trust has organised a series of awards for outstanding history scholarship. Young people aged from 11-19 years are asked to investigate, analyse and write about history. The subject categories cover local history, the modern world and especially aspects of 20th-century history. The categories have been created to support learning and writing in the classroom so that all young people can have an opportunity to enter, rather than it being only a homework option.

These awards and the partnership of over 25 years hope to encourage and produce the historians of the future as well as engaging young people with meaningful historical questions and issues of local interest.

So if you think your children could be the next Margaret MacMillan or Anthony Beevor, get them thinking about the questions and subjects that they think matter and that meet the questions and topics below.

For the Primary competition see here

The closing date for entries is 20 July 2019.

Young Historian Prizes in 2019

  • Spirit of Normandy Trust Prize for GCSE/A Level students: for individual work on any aspect of British involvement in the Second World War
  • Spirit of Normandy Trust Prize for Key Stage 3: for individual work on any aspect of British involvement in the Second World War
  • GCSE World War 1 Prize: for individual work on any aspect of the First World War
  • Key Stage 3 World War 1 Prize: for any individual work on the First World War
  • GCSE Modern World Prize: for individual work on any aspect of the Modern World
  • 16-19 Modern World Prize for individual work on any aspect of the Modern World
  • 16-19 Local History Prize for Schools and Colleges: for individual personal enquiries into Local History
  • GCSE Local History Prize: for individual work on a Local History theme
  • Key Stage 3 Local History Prize: for individual work on any Local History theme
  • Mid-Trent Historical Association Prize for the Best Secondary School History Magazine

The purpose of these Prizes is to encourage classroom History and we wish to celebrate the quality of what is produced in your classrooms and not to create the need for extra work!

Contact us

Enquiries about these Prizes are most welcome and further particulars can be obtained from:

The Young Historian Project, 36 Heritage Court, Lichfield Staffordshire WS14 9ST [SAE please].

Or phone to discuss the details with Dr Trevor James on 01543-301097.

The closing date for entries is 20 July 2019.