Scholarships & Awards

Reginald Taylor & Lord Fletcher Essay Prize

The Reginald Taylor Essay Prize is an award for the best unpublished essay submitted on aspects of the art, architecture or archaeology of Europe or the Mediterranean from the Roman era to the Middle Ages, or their study.

The prize consists of a bronze medal and a cheque for £500, and prize-winning essays are commonly published in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association (subject to approval via peer review). The essay should represent original and rigorous research and should normally be no longer than 8,000 words, not including footnotes. Through this prize the BAA seeks to recognize developing researchers (of any age), so those who already have a substantial publication record are ineligible to apply.

Essays (including illustrations) should be submitted as a single PDF file, and sent as an attachment to tom.nickson@courtauld.ac.uk. Click on details of 2021 prize for more information. The next deadline is midnight on 1 December 2021

The 2019 award-winning essay by John Munns, ‘The Henry of Blois Enamels: A(nother) Reassessment’, can be viewed here.

Winners of the Reginald Taylor & Lord Fletcher Essay Prize

Year Winner Title Publication
2019 John Munns The Henry of Blois Enamels: A(nother) Reassessment JBAA 174 (2021)
2017 Katherine Turley 'The face of one who is making for Jerusalem’: The Angel Choir of Lincoln Cathedral and Joy JBAA, clxxi (2018), 61-99
2015 Jana Gajdošová Vaulting Small Spaces: The Innovative Design of Prague's Bridge Tower Vault JBAA 169 (2016), 39-58
2013 Gabriel Byng The Function and Iconography of the Minstrels’ Gallery at Exeter Cathedral JBAA 167 (2014), 133-53.
2008 Harry Sunley Introducing a Linear Measure Used in Norman England Introducing a Linear Measure Used in Norman England
2004 Heather Gilderdale ‘“this little Westminster”: The Chantry-Chapel of Sir Henry Scott Scott Vernon at Tong, Shropshire’ JBAA 158 (2005), 46-81
2000 Kate Heard ‘Death and Representation in the 15th century: The Wilcote Chantry Chapel at North Leigh’ JBAA 154 (2001), 134-49
2000 Carol Davidson Cragoe ‘Reading and Rereading Gervase of Canterbury’ JBAA 154 (2001), 40-53
1998 Sally Dixon-Smith ‘The Image and Reality of Alms-Giving in the Great Halls of Henry III’ JBAA 152 (1999), 79-96
1996 Adrian B. Marsden ‘Between Principate and Dominate: Imperial Styles under the Severan Dynasty and the Divine iconography of the Imperial Family on coins, medallions and engraved gemstones, a.d. 193–235’ JBAA, 150 (1997), 1–16) .