Prize-winning essay

8th December 2016

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Wadham undergraduate Rose Lyddon (History and Politics, 2014) has been awarded the 2016 Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences.

  • Rose Lyddon

Her essay is about cultural trauma and landscape in Welsh national identity; physical locations which signify traumatic events in history.

Rose’s essay focuses on the construction by Liverpool City Council of a reservoir in the valley of the River Tryweryn in Gwynedd, North Wales between 1960 and 1965. The construction involved flooding the village of Capel Celyn, a stronghold of Welsh culture and the Welsh language. The move was deeply controversial particularly because the reservoir was being built to supply Liverpool and parts of the Wirral peninsula with water, rather than Wales.

Explaining her interest in this subject Rose said: "I grew up in South Wales and went to a Welsh language school. I've been developing these ideas for a long time and it was good to finally put them all together in an essay."

The Judging Committee for the 2016 Cheney Prize in the Arts and Social Sciences reported: “The essay entitled “"What's fertile in a wound?" Exploring Tryweryn as a "wound-space" in Welsh national identity” was exemplary in its originality, clarity and erudition, developing a coherent essay structure and argument.

Nine essays were submitted for the prize, covering a variety of topics and approaches. Judges Emma Cohen, Alexander Kilpatrick and Judy Stephenson commented that overall, the standard of research and writing was high.

Rose will receive a prize of £200 for her entry.

Applications were received from a broad range of subject areas and year groups including History, History of Art, History and Economics, History and Politics, Modern Languages, Maths and Philosophy and Physics.

A College Prize in Science and Mathematics was not awarded this year.

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