David Yale Prize

This prize was instituted in 1998 in honour of Mr David Yale, QC, FBA, then President of the Society and formerly Literary Director.  A prize of £1000 is offered every other year for an outstanding contribution to the history of the law of England and Wales from scholars who have been engaged in research in the subject for not longer than about ten years.

In 2017, the prize committee decided to award two prizes, one for the best article and one for the best book submitted.

The prize for the best article was awarded to Dr Kenneth F. Duggan for  ‘The Hue and Cry in Thirteenth Century England’, in Thirteenth Century England XVI, ed. Andrew M. Spencer and Carl Watkins (Woodbridge, 2017), pp. 153-172.

The prize for the best book was awarded to Dr Sean Bottomley for The English Patent System during the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1852: from Privilege to Property (Cambridge, 2014).

The committee also recommended that an honourable mention be given to Dr Guido Rossi for his book, Insurance in Elizabethan England: the London Code (Cambridge, 2016).

Past winners include Thomas P. Gallanis (1999), Daniel Klerman (2001), Neil Jones (2003), Sara Elin Roberts (2007) and Ian Williams (2013)

The fund for this prize was provided by contributions from various professional bodies, individual members, and other private donors. The fund remains open for further contributions.

The prize will be  offered again in 2019, for works published after 1 January 2018, or accepted for publication.

Sir James Holt Award

In honour of Sir James Holt, sometime President of the Society, the Selden Society offers up to two annual awards of £1000 for research expenses incurred in order to work on English legal manuscripts in any period of history. Priority may be given to work associated with the production of volumes for the Society. Expenditure should be on specific research costs, such as for travel to libraries or archives or the purchase of images.

Proposals should take the form of a one page outline of the work and its significance and a one page setting out the costs. This should be sent to the Secretary together with the name and address of two referees.

The closing date for applications for this award is 30th September 2018.

Milsom Studentship in English Legal History

The Selden Society periodically offers a Studentship named in honour of the late Professor S.F.C. Milsom, sometime Literary Director and President of the Society for a person commencing research in English legal history leading to the degree of PhD (or equivalent) at a university in the United Kingdom. This studentship is tenable for a maximum of three years, subject to an annual review of progress, and is designed to cover the student’s fees (at the home rate) and a maintenance allowance. The studentship was offered in 2014 and 2017 and may be offered again in 2020.

Further information regarding all these prizes and awards can be obtained from the Secretary, Selden Society, Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS (selden-society@qmul.ac.uk)