This is an annual award for what the judges believe to be the best published article on an aspect of Gloucestershire’s local history during the preceding year. It is named after Bryan Jerrard, who served as Chairman of the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council’s Local History Committee (now replaced by the GLHA) between 1978 and 1998.
In making their choice, the judges consider the following criteria –
1. The amount and quality of original research undertaken.
2. The contribution that the article makes to local history in Gloucestershire and, where appropriate, the extent to which it puts the topic into a wider Regional or National context.
3. The style and presentation of the article including, where appropriate, the use of maps, plans and illustrations, the inclusion of footnotes (endnotes) and a bibliography.
The winner of the 2016 Award was:
Herbert, Nicholas, ‘ The Squatter and Rural Settlement in the Georgian Age: Woolridge Common, Hartpury’, Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 133 (2015).
The 'runners-up' were:
Self, Sally, ‘ "In the Mault House": Four Centuries of Malting and Brewing in Cheltenham’, Cheltenham Local History Society Journal 32 (2016).
Walker, Keith, ‘ "Oh Mr Office of Woods – Make Us a Road!"’, New Regard: The journal of the Forest of Dean Local History Society 30 (2016).
The other finalists were -
Adsett, Virginia, ‘ "That Lady in Grey": Blanche Percival’s Contribution to Cheltenham, 1939- 1966’, Cheltenham Local History Society Journal 32 (2016).
Hudson, Janet, ‘ Movement among the people of Stonehouse 1600-1800’, Stonehouse History Group Journal 6 (2016).
Kneen, Maggie, ‘ Ninth-Century Deerhurst: An exploration of colour’, Glevensis 48 (2015).
Lewis, Cherry, ‘ David Mushet and his contribution to "the map that changed the world"’, New Regard: The journal of the Forest of Dean Local History Society 30 (2016).
Linton, James, ‘ The Haywards of Charlton Kings’, Charlton Kings Local History Society Research Bulletin 62 (2016).
Maxwell, Carol, ‘ Fit for the Muster’, Painswick Chronicle 18 (2015).
O’Connor, David and Wisdom, John & Beverly, ‘ Glenure House – Origins and Owners’, Charlton Kings Local History Society Research Bulletin 62 (2016).
The winner and runners-up were announced at the GLHA Local History Day on 18 March 2017. GLHA is most grateful to The History Press for sponsoring the prizes for this year’s Award.
Submitting Your Journal
Local History Groups and Societies who would like their most recent Journal to be considered for the 2017 Award should let the GLHA Chairman, Steven Blake, have a copy, either by hand at a GLHA meeting, or by post to ‘Delton’, Fairmount Road, Cheltenham GL51 7AQ, by 31 July 2017.
2015 Rhodes, John, ‘The Civil War Defences of Gloucester’, Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 132 (2014).
2014 Broadway, Jan, ‘Gloucester Gardeners 1650-1763’, Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 131 (2013).
2013 Charlesworth, Diane, ‘Medieval Tibberton’, Glevensis 44 (2011).
2012 William Evans, ‘Norborne Berkeley’s Politics: Principle, Party or Pragmatism?’, Transactions of the Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society 129 (2011).
2011 Eric Nicholls & Roger Deeks, ‘Private Reginald Thomas Packer, Grenadier Guards and the Memorial Gates at St Stephen's Church, Cinderford’, The New Regard: the journal of the Forest of Dean Local History Society 25 (2011).
2010 Terry Moore-Scott, ‘Medieval Fish Weirs in the mid-tidal reaches of the Severn River’, Glevensis 42 (2010).
2009 A. Hamilton, ‘Samuel Whitfield Daukes, 1811-1880. Architectural Hero or Rogue?’ Cheltenham Local History Society Journal 25 (2009).
2008 H. Conway-Jones, ‘Nicks & Co., long established timber merchants of Gloucester’ Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology Journal for 2007.
2007 C. Howse, ‘Early District Nursing in Gloucestershire’ Gloucestershire History 20 (2007).
2006 R. Sermon ‘The Jew of Tewkesbury. An Urban Myth?’ Tewkesbury Historical Society Bulletin 15 (2006).