The J.T. Packett Prize

Every two years the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society awards a prize of £250 for a newly researched essay on a local history topic.

The judges, at their discretion, may award an additional prize of £50 for an essay which, in their view, shows potential.
The prize was made possible by a bequest from the late Mr. John Packett, who was a Member of the Society for many years.
The competition is open to any amateur historian or student whether they are a member of the Society or not.
All entries will be judged anonymously.

The Packett Prize Competition 2018

The seventh winner of the Packett Prize essay is Lewis Young.

This year’s competition was blessed with no less than NINE entries.

The winning essay was entitled ‘Difficult Territory: the 1928 Middlesbrough West By-election’, and it wins Lewis the first prize of £250.

A runner-up prize was also awarded – to John Little for his essay ‘Stockton on Tees in Hard Times: Harold Macmillan and the Stockton Social Services Centre’.

Two other essays were commended by the judging panel: ‘Two Miners’ Friends and a Sister’ by Josie Bland and ‘Entertainment and Leisure in Redcar – 1860 to 1960’ by Stephanie Green.

Geoff Braddy congratulated the winners and also thanked all those who took the time and effort to research and produce essays for the competition.

You will have an opportunity to appreciate the essays for yourself when they appear in a future issue of Cleveland History.