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.




Research Grants Awarded in 2016

An award of £1890 was made to William Britnell for obtaining AMS dates from cereal remains from the Gwernvale chambered tomb. Also for obtaining radiocarbon dates, £1680 was awarded to Dr Oliver Davis of the Caer Heritage Dating project. This project on a neglected hillfort in a suburb of Cardiff has had strong local community involvement. Rhiannon Philp was awarded £1000 to obtain dates on possible Mesolithic footprints revealed in intertidal deposits at Port Eynon, Gower.

Professor Gary Lock was awarded £700 towards excavation costs at the hillfort of Moel-y-Gaer Bodfari, a long-running excavation supported by the CAA for some years. Katharina Moeller, Bangor University, was awarded £500 towards excavation costs at the Meillionydd Project on the Llyn peninsula.

Neil Ludlow was awarded £1350 towards the costs of obtaining transcriptions and translations of little known documents relating to Pembroke Castle.