East Yorkshire Local History Society

Harry Gration History Prize

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Tuesday, 5th December 2023

Celebrating Yorkshire’s Rich History and the Legacy of Harry Gration

The Yorkshire Society is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated launch of the Harry Gration History Prize 2023/24, a celebration of Yorkshire's vibrant history and a tribute to the much-loved broadcaster, journalist and former history teacher Harry Gration.

This captivating competition is open to history enthusiasts of all ages, from young budding historians to seasoned amateurs, all eager to embark on a journey of original research exploring the multifaceted history of Yorkshire, spanning from the time of the Brigantes to the present day.

Participants are invited to create a compelling short essay based on their original research. The possibilities are endless, as entrants delve into the intriguing tapestry of Yorkshire's past.

The competition is conducted in collaboration with the University of Huddersfield, ensuring that submissions receive expert attention. Entries will be assessed by a distinguished panel of Yorkshire writers and historians, offering participants an opportunity to showcase their passion and research.


Winners will receive, a share of a cash prize amounting of £250, a prestigious certificate and the publication of their winning essays on the Yorkshire Society's official website. Additionally, winners will enjoy media coverage of their success and will attend the Society’s Heritage Summit in Hull


Entrants have two categories to choose from:

Young Historians

Open to young historians under 18. Essay length should range from a minimum of 1,000 words to a maximum of 5,000 words.

Open Competition

Designed for those aged 18 and above, with no upper age limit. Essays in this category should span a minimum of 1,500 words to a maximum of 10,000 words, allowing ample room for in-depth exploration.

Key Dates:

Entries by

March 1, 2023

Award Ceremony

Saturday 11 May at Hull Minster

Aspiring historians eager to participate can access comprehensive competition details and entry guidelines on The Yorkshire Society's official website under the "History Prize" section.

Join us in celebrating the vibrant history of Yorkshire and pay tribute to Harry Gration's enduring legacy. Together, we'll continue to unveil the captivating stories that have shaped this remarkable region for generations.

About The Yorkshire Society:

The Yorkshire Society is a prominent advocate for Yorkshire, promoting its unique culture, heritage, and achievements. The society engages with individuals and organisations to celebrate Yorkshire's identity and ensure its future prosperity.