The 2009 BSECS Digital Eighteenth-Century Prize (2009), jointly sponsored by JISC Collections, Gale Cengage Learning, Adam Matthew Digital and ProQuest, was awarded to The English Broadside Ballad Archive. This website, created at the University of California Santa Barbara is especially commended for its 'innovative combination of visual, textual and audio sources', making it an ideal resource both for teaching and research. BSECS congratulates the winner, part of a very strong field.
The 2009 BSECS President's Prize of £200 is awarded to the best postgraduate paper at the Annual Conference, as nominated by the session chairs and adjudicated by a special panel, which assesses for evidence of originality, rigour and presentational skills. The 2009 Prize was shared jointly by Charlotte Roberts (Cambridge University) for her paper on 'The Marmoreal Gibbon: Autobiography as Ruin'; and to Thomas Rodgers (Warwick University) for his paper on 'Crushing Rebellion in Transatlantic Context: The '45 and the Carolina Regulators'. The panel of assessors reported that the quality of all the work submitted was high; and the panel and the BSECS Committee join in congratulating both the winners and all the contenders.
Further awards of a Teaching Prize and a Visiting Fellowship scheme for international scholars will be announced later in the year.