March 23, 2018

Blodwen Jerman Prize

The Association, the oldest society in Wales devoted to the study of the history and archaeology of Wales, offers two prizes in memory of Mrs Blodwen Jerman, to raise the profile of the Association and to encourage young people to become members.

Prize 1 will be awarded annually for the best dissertation on the history or archaeology of Wales or the Marches, submitted during the previous two years in any higher education institution, whether in Wales or elsewhere, in successful fulfillment of the requirements of an undergraduate or master’s degree.

The first prize shall be a cheque for £150 and three year’s free membership of the Association, which includes its prestigious journal Archaeologia Cambrensis.

At the discretion of the judges, runners-up may be offered one or two year’s free membership of the Association, including the journal.

Entry forms may be obtained from:

Fiona Gale, (
Wynnstay House,
Well Street,
Ruthin, LL15 1AN

or may be downloaded below.

Click here for a copy of the Entry Form for Dissertation

Entries should be sent to Fiona by the 31st December 2019. They may be sent by email or Dropbox but a hard copy by post would also be appreciated. All entries will be returned to candidates after the judging. The Trustees will appoint a panel of three suitably qualified judges each year.


Prize 2 aimed at a primary school age-group is now being awarded as one of a number of sponsored prizes within the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative. Further information and application forms can be gained from the WHSI web site at The Heritage Initiative involves a nation wide annual competition and entries should be submitted by 31st January 2020. Judging takes place between 27 April -15 May.

Heritage is interpreted in its widest sense and competition entries can be presented as written material, or in photographic or video form, or as an exhibition, or a model. Computer-based projects such as databases, or web sites or CDs or DVDs are also welcomed.



Remarkably, the 2019 ‘schools’ prize, which is administered through the Welsh Heritage Schools
Initiative, was won again by last year’s prize winner’s – Wolfscastle Primary School,
Pembrokeshire. This time their subject was ‘Our Church – St Dogwells’. The pupils explored all
parts of the church inside and out and researched the histories of some of the local people buried
there. They also made a scale model of the church and an interpretative tour of its interior.
During our summer meeting this year we met the Headmistress and some of the children involved,
since we were staying at Wolfscastle (see website for photos).

A new approach has been attempted this year to publicise the senior BJ prize for undergraduate or
post-graduate dissertations by circulating details through social media. The closing date is 31st
December 2019 when this Newsletter will have gone to press but so far entries remain at a very
low level. Trustees will review the future of this prize in the New Year.