The History department has introduced a new annual Essay prize, in association with the National Trust, for a student writing an essay on a country house topic.
The 2011/12 prize was awarded to Laura Kibble at an award ceremony in June.
Present at the event were Dr Andy Cooper (pictured right), Dr Paul Sparrow, Dr Margaret Ponsonby, Dr Paul Henderson and Laura Kibble (pictured right). Unfortunately the National Trust representative was unable to make the event but a book token is on its way to Laura.
Laura commented: "I had always been taken to Trust properties as a small child, and this is perhaps where my love of history grew. Teachers at school and my time at the University of Wolverhampton nurtured this into a talent. The modules on museum studies and the social history of the English country house allowed me to explore my interests and I am very grateful to Margaret Ponsonby for her support when studying these modules, for believing in me and for putting my essay forward for the prize! I am absolutely thrilled."
Laura gained a first class honours degree in History and then went on to do a PGCE at Birmingham University. She has a teaching post lined up for September at a school with close connections with the National Trust in particular the property Moseley Old Hall which the school uses to teach the students about local history.
Laura said of her developing career: "I had always considered teaching as a career as I loved my time at school, and I wanted to pass on this passion for history to a new generation. However, completing the "History in the community" module at Wolverhampton convinced me that this was indeed the career for me. It was an invaluable experience that put me in good stead for my PGCE, which I have just completed. I am now looking forward to starting my NQT year at a local school."