Percy Dawson Award
The Percy Dawson Award is presented for the best article by an author new to the Journal, and for the year 2012 has been awarded to Steve and Darlah Thomas for their article 'William Leigh of Newton-le-Willows, Clockmaker 1736-1824', published in the March and June 2012 issues of Antiquarian Horology. The Percy Dawson Award, instituted in 1995 to encourage new authors, is open to all non-professional authors.
Dr. Alan Shenton Award
The Dr. Alan Shenton Award is made for the best article on horology in the period from 1840. For the year 2012, Council has awarded this to Peter Gosnell for his article 'An unmarked 8-day time and striking spring driven movement' published in the December 2012 issue of Antiquarian Horology.
As a charitable body, one of the objectives of the Society is the award of prizes and grants. The Society already supports the clock conservation and restoration courses run at West Dean College with the award of an annual cash prize for an exceptional project.
Additionally, and in view of the diminishing number of young people training as clock and watchmakers, the AHS has joined with the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and the Ogden Trust to offer grants to full-time students in need, on the 3-year horology course at City of Birmingham University. In December 2011 the bursary was awarded to Martin Cleaton. Current recipients of the bursary, Jonathan Kelly and Matthew Porton, both passed their examinations in June 2011. The first recipient of the Society's grant was Robert Quinn, a student from Scotland, who successfully completed his course in June 2011. In 2012, the AHS agreed to award a bursary to allow West Dean graduate, Françoise Collanges, and tutor Matthew Read to undertake preliminary research into the production of clock movements generally referred to as Pendule de Paris.
As part of its charitable work, the AHS supports education, conservation and historical research through a series of bursaries, prizes and awards.
For several years, this has included a successful bursary scheme offered to students on Birmingham City University’s horology degree course. However, recent changes in higher education funding, combined with new alternative sources of financial support for horology students, has led the AHS to refocus its funding for Birmingham students into a prize scheme, to be operated in parallel with the long-standing prize offered to West Dean College students.
The AHS Birmingham City University Prize and the AHS West Dean College Prize will each be awarded to students who produce an exceptional project combining both practical work and academic research. Written submissions must focus on one project and demonstrate a considered practical approach as well as a greater understanding of both the history and the practice of horological or allied arts that goes beyond rudimentary horological detail.
Eligible artefacts for study need not necessarily be clocks or watches so long as the submission clearly demonstrates a direct material or historical connection to horology and allied subjects and their contexts.
This is a competitive scheme. Prizes will only be awarded in those years when the AHS considers that an outstanding project has been produced, and a maximum of one prize will be awarded at each institution in any academic year.
Both AHS Prizes consist of five years membership of the AHS, a certificate, and an award of £1000. Details of prize-winning students’ work will be disseminated by the AHS. Applications by West Dean students should be made to Matthew Read by the end of June in any given year, while BCU students should submit their applications to Jeremy Hobbins by 25 April.