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Monday, 19 September 2011
Bolton School's History magazine 'The HistOracle' has won 'Best
School History Magazine' 2011, as awarded by the Young Historian
Project in conjunction with The Spirit of Normandy Trust.
This 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.
Two boys received individual awards - Jack Unwin won first prize
in the Local History 16-19 category for his 'HistOracle' article on
the Pretoria Pit Disaster. The judges said Jack presented a very
sensitive and thoughtful study and regarded his entry as possibly
the best that they had ever seen in this category. Jack receives
£100 prize money. Sam Hardman was runner up in the Spirit of
Normandy category for his article on The Battle of Britain, winning
a newly published book on the weaponry of war. William Burrow, who
has this summer left the School to study History at Cambridge
University, was also highly commended for his article on Medieval
chivalry, as was David Anderson for his article on the Spitfire.
Bolton School has come out ahead of all schools in the country to
win these prizes. 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.
School Captain and HistOracle contributor Nick Fairclough said:
"We always enjoy putting the magazine together and are all
delighted to have won this award. It's fantastic that all our hard
work, and that of the History Department, has been recognised."
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