History Matters blog shortlisted for History Today prize

In January, the History Matters blog was nominated for History Today‘s Digital History Award. Chosen as the top blog of the year from a large and diverse field, History Matters was up against digital heavy hitters British History Online and Historypin on the shortlist for the new prize.

History Today Editor Paul Lay, at the awards at the Foundling Museum in London

History Today Editor Paul Lay, at the awards at the Foundling Museum in London

History Matters was praised by History Today editor Paul Lay for “its provocative mix of contributions from academics, students, museum and heritage practitioners, always eager to contribute to current debates”. Although the award eventually went to global collaborative project Historypin, the judges praised the blog for bridging the gap between academia and the public, and for achieving such range, relevance and quality of content without the funding of its competitors.

The blog’s editor, Caroline Dodds Pennock, who represented Sheffield at the awards ceremony said: “History Matters is a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm in Sheffield for public history and the nomination is a testament to a huge amount of work by many different historians, colleagues and collaborators. It is fantastic to see our efforts recognised by History Today.”

History Matters regularly welcomes contributors from other Departments and is always keen to hear from colleagues who have historical interests (broadly interpreted!).

Many congratulations to all involved, both academic and support staff.

The blog can be found here, and is tied to the Department’s twitter feed @unishefhistory. For more details, or if you are interested in contributing, please contact Caroline Pennock.