The impact of collaborative research by three historians at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Sheffield has been recognised by the Royal Historical Society at its Public History Prize awards 2018. The team – Professor Adrian Bingham (Sheffield), Dr Lucy Delap (Cambridge), and Professor Louise Jackson (Edinburgh) – were the winners of the Public Debate and Policy category, for their work in promoting deeper understanding of experiences of child sexual abuse and responses to it in England and Wales between 1918 and 1990. Research funded by the ESRC analysed newspaper reporting, legal contexts and social work practices; Dr Louise Settle (now University of Tampere) also worked on the project during this phase. The team have given talks for non-academic groups, published briefing papers, and undertaken consultancy and media work; their work has been used in relation to official inquiries.
The team have worked closely with History & Policy throughout the project.
Professor Jackson said: ‘Historians have a public duty to inform contemporary debate by sharing their research widely. This award is important in highlighting not only the value of team-work but also the crucial role played by History & Policy in enabling that to happen.’
H&P is an expanding Partnership based at King's College London and the University of Cambridge, and additionally supported by the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Leeds, the Open University, and the University of Sheffield.
We are the only project in the UK providing access to an international network of more than 500 historians with a broad range of expertise. H&P offers a range of resources for historians, policy makers and journalists.