A Focus On Nature

Award in Environmental History

Department of History, University of Nottingham

This award seeks to recognise the outstanding contribution of one Undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham to the emerging discipline of British Environmental History. The award will be presented at the end of each academic year for the next five years, to the sum of £30 per annum, as part of the Department of History’s award scheme. The award is the first step in a series of A Focus On Nature bursaries and internships.

The student in question must:

  • Have achieved a First Class mark on their third-year undergraduate Dissertation, which will have covered any topic in British Environmental History, post-1800.

  • Reflect the highest mark awarded for a British Environmental History Dissertation, post-1800.

  • Have majored in History, and therefore need not be a Single Honours student.

  • Have additionally, taken module V12235 (Second Year Environmental History) in History as part of their undergraduate studies.

“The fledgling discipline of Environmental History examines the complex and changing relationships between nature and people over time. It looks at the way that we have harnessed, used and shaped nature around us, but also the way that nature has impacted on us and the way we have cherished and protected it. At its best, like AFON, Environmental History blends together insights from the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and is a true inter-disciplinary project. Environmental History lies at the heart of our story in these islands, and environmental historians have the potential to look back into our past, to then look forward and shape contemporary debates and future policy making.”

Dr Rob Lambert, Environmental Historian

2014 Award-Winner – Madison Wales

Dissertation on the impact that ‘Ladies for Nature’ (Hilda Quick, Stella Turk, Rose Murphy and Rosemary Parslow) had upon the modern understanding of the Cornish and Scillonian landscape, fusing gender history with environmental history.

GRAD 1 (2)“Environmental history is not simply concerned with how we, the people of this planet, have shaped the environment that we live in, environmental history is pioneering in that it looks at how the environment has shaped us as human beings. This dual relationship is where the beauty of studying environmental history lies, and there is a piece of environmental history in everyone of us. Environmental history at the University of Nottingham is multifaceted. What we study ranges from studying specific national histories, such as, Australia, New Zealand, America
and Britain, to the birth of modern environmentalism
in the Western world and its political consequence.”
Madison Wales, History Graduate


Zoe Moulton2013 Award-Winner
– Zoë Jayne Moulton

Dissertation on the Environmental History of Puffin Island

“For me, environmental history offers unique insights into nature and wildlife that transcends the boundaries of time and looks forward to a positive future for the planets intrinsic beauty and mystery.”
– Zoë Jayne Moulton, History Graduate