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All entries must be on Dorset and of material previously unpublished in whole or in part.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