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All communications should be addressed to

The Secretary to the Trustees, Mansel-Pleydell and Cecil Trusts,
Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA. 
Telephone 01305 262735 


Rules of entry, terms and conditions


  • Closing date for entries is 31 December each year.

  • All entries must be on Dorset and of material previously unpublished in whole or in part.

  • The original text of the essay, one further paper copy and, if at all possible, one electronic copy should be submitted to the address given above.

  • Essays may be published in the Proceedings, or placed in the Museum library, at the Trustees' discretion.

  • All entries remain the property of the Trustees. Copyright of winning entries is vested in the Trustees, but may be waived on application to the Secretary.

  • The decision of the Trustees, who reserve the right to vary or withhold awards, shall be final.



Some previous prize-winning entries


1953: The Almshouse of St John, Sherborne

1960: Dorset Windmills, Watermills and Horsemills

1965: Dorset Harbours and Maritime Trade

1980: Changes in the Habitats of Dorset Flora since 1931

1986: Poor Law Administration in Poole 1835-1845

1994: Dairy Farming in the Blackmore Vale 1948-1968

1996: A Victorian's view of Dorset: The Life and Watercolours of Henry Joseph Moule

1999: Lyme Regis Trade and Population 1575-1725

1999: An identification of four Casts of men hanged in Dorchester

1999: The Scout Movement in Dorset 1909-1985

2003: The Weevils (Insecta: Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) of the Dorset Coast

2003: Privateers and Prizes 1775-1815

2006: Black Slaves in Dorset

2007: The Mediaeval Forest of Holt

2008: The Thomas Hardy Players and the Dorchester Debating Society

2009: The Black Death in Dorset

2010: The Dorchester Town Library 1631

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