A TOP national history award has been scooped by graduate Richard Lowe-Lauri for his BA dissertation based on a piece of Stamford’s history.
Richard, 21, from Glinton, who received a first class degree from Durham University, picked up the Longman prize, which included a £250 cheque, in the History Today 2012 awards ceremony at the Museum of the Order of St John in Farringdon, London.
He said: “I felt absolutely over the moon when I heard about it. Its a funny story really. I didn’t even know that my department had entered me for the prize. I had won the Gibson Prize for best dissertation on a local subject from Durham but others won prizes as well.”
To reduce the number of entries, each university is only allowed to select one dissertation entry for the national prize.
Richard said: “Its pretty bizarre really, when I handed it in I never envisaged this would happen.”
The award ceremony judges, all distinguished names in the history community, encouraged Richard to get his dissertation published in full in an academic journal.
In the meantime Richard will be working on a 2,000 word extract to be published in the March edition of History Today.
His dissertation entitled The Decline of the Stamford Bull Running focused on the ancient practice which took place on the streets of the town each November 200 years ago.
He said: “Imagine the bulls running in Pamplona, scenes like that used to be seen on the streets here.”
His highly acclaimed work used a local case study to examine some of history’s broader themes, using reports from the Stamford Mercury as some of his primary sources.