Bolton School Senior Boys

HistOracle Magazine Wins National Award Second Year Running

Bolton School's History magazine 'The HistOracle' has won 'Best School History Magazine' for the second year running!

To receive the 2012 title in the ‘Young Historian Project’ awards, is a huge honour for the School and the magazine, which is a biannual publication of eclectic historical essays and articles produced by boys of all ages. As well as the prestige of receiving the award, the History Department will also receive a cash prize to be reinvested in historical pursuits.

The 'Young Historian Project' initiative has been celebrating the achievements of young historians in schools for over twenty years. It is largely funded by the Historical Association and the Spirit of Normandy Trust, and seeks to encourage young people to be historians.

Two boys, Year 9 pupil George Blackwell and Alex Walmsley (last year’s Year 13), also received individual awards for articles they wrote for the magazine. George's article described how a distant relative, Margaret Blackwell, was able to survive the outbreak of bubonic plague in Eyam, Derbyshire, in 1665. Inspired by his Duke of Edinburgh Expedition to the Lake District, Alex chose to investigate the origins of the village of Buttermere. Both boys had the same articles published in ‘Local History’ magazine earlier in the year.

This year, a new Lower and Middle School history magazine will be launched, hopefully to challenge ‘The HistOracle’ for the top spot!

Year 9 pupil George Blackwell

George Blackwell, whose contribution to 'The HistOracle' gained him an individual award and publication in 'Local History' Magazine