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History Essay Prize

Cambridge is a city steeped in history, from the Colleges to the cobbled streets, churches and museums containing precious objects from across time. The History department at Cambridge is one of the largest and best in the world, offering students the chance to investigate practically any period or aspect of history that interests them. Caius not only has a rich and fascinating history, dating back to the fourteenth century, but also has an unmatched network of historians with expertise ranging from medieval to Chinese history, material culture, history of humanitarianism and much more. 

The Gonville & Caius History essay competition, open to Year 12 students from UK schools, encourages students to widen their exploration of history and approach the subject from a different angle.

Full details of the 2019 competition are available here:

Gonville & Caius History Essay Prize 2019

History Essay Prize Coversheet (Word) (PDF)

Find out more general information about our prizes and challenges, including rules and details of prize money here.

Watch Dr Melissa Calaresu, Caius Director of Studies in History, explain this exciting challenge.


Dr Calaresu co-curated the fascinating exhibition Treasured Possessions at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and co-authored the accompanying book Treasured Possessions From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, which explores the significance of beautiful and engaging objects – chosen, acquired, personalised and treasured – to the people who once owned them.