Winners of the inaugural Janette Harley Prize announced!

The British Records Association are delighted to announce that the joint winners of the inaugural Janette Harley Prize are Julie Halls and Allison Martino, for their article “Cloth, Copyright, and Cultural Exchange: Textile Designs for Export to Africa at The National Archives of the UK”.

The prize was awarded at a reception following the Association’s annual Maurice Bond Lecture, which was this year held at the Postal Museum in London. The lecture was given by Dr Anthea Seles, Secretary General of the International Council on Archives, on the subject of “Trying To See The Forest For The Trees: Research in the digital age”.

Four further entries for the prize were highly commended. The Chair of the judging panel, Stephen Freeth, said: “We were delighted with the broad range of entries. These came from across the archival, academic and local history community, plus an interesting international element. All were of a high standard, and we commend everyone for the care they took over their submissions”.

The prize was established in memory of Janette Harley, a member of the British Records Association, who died in 2015. It is intended to raise awareness of research and achievements in the world of archives, and is awarded for the best, or most original piece of published work which reflects the aims of the Association: to promote the preservation, understanding, accessibility and study of our recorded heritage for the public benefit.

A call for entries to next year’s Janette Harley Prize will be made in April 2019.