RHS Awards 2020

23 July 2020

The winners of all the 2020 RHS Publication, Fellowship and Teaching Awards, were announced in a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday 22nd July.

A “bold and audacious” history of Ireland during the First World War, and an “ambitious, erudite and sophisticated” study of the Roman Equestrian order” were announced as the winners of the 2020 Royal Historical Society’s prestigious Whitfield and Gladstone Book Prizes.

Niamh Gallagher’s Ireland and the Great War: A Social and Political History, published by Bloomsbury Press, is the first book solely on Irish history to win the Whitfield Prize since the Society established the award in 1976.

Caillan Davenport’s A History of the Roman Equestrian Order, published by Cambridge University Press, won the Gladstone Prize. The book spans a thousand years of ancient history to chart the rise of the mounted Roman warrior aristocracy and its subsequent transformation into a landed elite.

Other winners included Marjory Harper (Aberdeen) for the Jinty Nelson Award for Inspirational Teaching and Supervision in History, and Tim Peacock (Glasgow) for the RHS Innovation in Teaching Award.

The ceremony included joint announcements with the Institute of Historical Research for the RHS Fellowships and IHR Prizes.

Full details and citations of the winners and runners up are here.