Cherish Watton awarded RHS Undergraduate Public History Prize

29 January 2018

Alumna Cherish Watton (History, 2014) has been awarded the first Royal Historical Society Undergraduate Public History Prize for her work on the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps, carried out while studying at Lucy Cavendish College.

The prize, supported by the Institute for Historical Research and the Historical Association, recognises work by undergraduate students that responds in creative and innovative ways to the interpretation and exploration of the past in the present. She was awarded the prize for her essay on ‘Democratic and Critical Commemoration of the Women’s Land Army in Twentieth-Century Britain’.

This charted the history of the website, www.womenslandarmy.co.uk from its birth as an Extended Project Qualification at Dereham Sixth Form College, to now being the national online hub for information on the WLA in the First and Second World War, alongside the Women’s Timber Corps.

Cherish said:

“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award and I hope it highlights the valuable part which undergraduates can play in offering critical, accessible, and engaging histories to a range of audiences both online and in person. I have striven to place public outreach, whether online, on air, or in person, at the heart of my work as an undergraduate at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and now as an MPhil student at Churchill College.”

College President Jackie Ashley said:

“Many congratulations to Cherish for this well-deserved Prize, which comes hot on the heels of her First Class degree last year. Cherish did a wonderful job here of balancing study with her outside work, whilst also finding time to sing with our student choir, the Cavendish Chorale.”



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