The BSSH is committed to supporting the work of postgraduate and early career researchers. This new prize (first award in August 2022) aims to provide an outlet for the exciting work that BSSH members are carrying out. 

Playing Pasts was established with the aim of providing a public platform for academics and non-academics to make their research accessible to the widest possible audience. Since its inception in 2016 the site has presented a wide range of research topics and it now attracts 30,000+ reads a month from across the world. Contributions have come from a broad range of constituencies; established academics, ECRs, Post-graduate students, under-graduates and a host of independent researchers.


Application Procedure

All work published by BSSH postgraduate and early career researcher members on the Playing Pasts website within the twelve months preceding the conference will automatically be eligible for the prize.

In order to submit your work to Playing Pasts, please contact Andy Carter, the Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Representative, at 

For further details on Playing Pasts’ requirements and the benefits of publishing on the website please follow this link:

Award of the Prize

The winner will be selected by Margaret Roberts, Editor of Playing Pasts and will be awarded £100 and their success promoted on the BSSH and Playing Pasts websites.

The winner will be announced at the conference and on the BSSH and Playing Pasts websites. If the winner is not attending the conference, they will be notified within one month.