Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The Historical Geography Research Group, in association with Routledge, is pleased to offer a prize to the best undergraduate dissertation in any area of historical geography which is based upon original research and which demonstrates conceptual and/or methodological sophistication. The successful prize winner will receive £200 of Routledge-published books, and will be invited to submit an article based upon their dissertation for publication in the Journal of Historical Geography (subject to the standard refereeing procedures of that periodical). The winner will also be invited to present their work at the annual Practising Historical Geography conference in November.

Dissertations should normally be of first-class standard and nominated by Heads of Department / Examination Boards / dissertation supervisors as appropriate. Departments should not submit more than one dissertation for consideration. Only dissertations submitted (during the current academic year) by students enrolled at a UK university will be considered. Submissions (unmarked hardcopy AND accompanying PDF) should be sent to the Dissertation Prize Coordinator.

Deadline: tbc



Lucy Taylor, ‘The male gaze of colonial cartography: a feminist analysis of maps of Africa from the Royal Geographical Society archive, 1851-­‐1891’

Highly Commended:

Sarah Rafferty, University of Nottingham, ‘Epidemic smallpox in England and Wales, 1920-35: variola minor transmission, with special reference to Gloucestershire, 1923-24’



Victoria Bellamy (University of Cambridge) “Cultivating virtuous citizens: conflicting spatial practices in London’s Victoria Park”.

Highly Commended:

Fraser Eccles (University of Oxford) “Re-animating Sheffield’s ‘Jungle’: encountering the sentient commodities of Sheffield’s travelling menagerie 1910-1913”.



Charlie Hiscock (University of Nottingham): “Oysteropolis: Whitstable, Oysters and the Shaping of a Heritage Foodscape”.

Highly Commended

Iara Calton (King’s College London) “Let’s All Go Down The Strand: The Geography of the Music Hall in London 1850-1899”.



Rosanna Phillips (King’s College London): “The Empire at home: attitudes of the British public towards the Indian famines of 1896–1897 and 1899–1901”.

Highly Commended

Rebecca House (University of Cambridge): “Performing Prague’s heritage: the performative politics of historical walking tours”.


Jack Watson (University of Oxford): “Holiday camps: discourses of freedom and mechanisms of constraint in mid-twentieth century Britain”.



Thomas H. Crawford (University of Bristol): “Production, power and performance in the Atlas novus of 1675 by W. and J. Blaeu”.

Highly Commended

Edward O’Donnell (University of Exeter): “A haunted pillbox: the unexpected uses and interpretations of a micro-scale heritage landscape”.



Katariina Makela (University College London): “Modern urban women: a study of Signe Brander’s photography in early 20th-century Helsinki”.

Highly Commended

Emily Casey (University of Oxford): “The cultivation of virtue: morality, class and nature in the public parks movement at Battersea, c. 1840–1900”.



Kallum Dhillon (University College London): “Help or hindrance? The effects of philanthropic social housing near St Pancras/King’s Cross on the Victorian working classes”.


Rory Hill (University of Exeter): “Circuits of capital: placing the end of francophone Methodism in Jersey, 1900–1950”.



Robert Mackinnon (Aberystwyth University): “The Great Western Railway’s rural England: ways of ‘being in’ and ‘moving through’ the English landscape in Great Western Railway publicity materials, 1918–1939”.



Ann Farmer (University of Oxford): “Employment in agriculture c.1760–1830 on a Surrey farm: work, wages and women”.



Andreas Beavor (University of Essex): “Subjugated races, appropriated places”.


Louise Henderson (University of St Andrews): “Knowledge spaces of African exploration”.



Jennifer Scott (University of Oxford): “Edinburgh’s lower east side: evaluating the rhetoric of sanitary reform, 1861–1881”.

Highly Commended

Alistair Gates (University College London): “Assessing the generality of J. L. Stein’s findings for Hampstead: examining the social reception and diffusion of the telephone in Camden Town, 1890–1911”.



Sefton Laing (University of Edinburgh): “Late-Victorian science at the ‘highest office in the United Kingdom’: a contextual investigation of the Ben Nevis Observatory, 1883–1904“.

Highly Commended

Julia Worboys (University of Manchester): “Sustainability in British provincial geography at the turn of the 20th century: a comparison of the Manchester and Liverpool Geographical Societies 1884–1932”.



Innes M. Keighren (University of Edinburgh): “The imaginary worlds of John Kirtland Wright”.


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