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A Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute wins the inaugural Social History Society’s Pamela Cox Public History Prize

Published: 8 July 2020
The Exhibition at Lincoln Cathedral
The Exhibition at Lincoln Cathedral

The Parkes Institute is delighted that Dr Chad McDonald, a Honorary Fellow of the Institute, has won the Social History Society’s 2020 Public History Prize. The prize is awarded to a postgraduate or early career researcher who demonstrates excellence in taking their research beyond the academy.

Dr McDonald was awarded the prize for James Parkes and the Age of Intolerance , a travelling exhibition which he wrote, curated, and organised.

The exhibition focuses on the neglected career of Reverend Dr James Parkes, who was a tireless Christian campaigner against antisemitism in all forms, including from within Christianity.

The exhibition has toured a range of religious and civic venues, including Winchester Cathedral and West London Synagogue. It was showcased during Southampton city’s Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day event in 2019 and will return to the city during next year’s British Association for Jewish Studies conference.

The judges praised the project for ‘raising diverse public awareness of the history of antisemitism’ and agreed that it showed a real determination to use historical research for the public good.

Dr McDonald was recently awarded his PhD in History, which was co-supervised by Professor Tony Kushner and Professor Tim Cole (University of Bristol) and funded by the South, West, and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC). Dr McDonald’s PhD explores the construction of Holocaust remembrance in Britain. He has organised a range of Holocaust memorial events and is the Social Media Editor for the internationally-renown journal Patterns of Prejudice.

Dr Claire Le Foll, Director of the Parkes Institute, commented, “We are very proud of Chad’s outstanding curating work and research. This exhibition offers a rigorous and inspired introduction to James Parkes’ important legacy and complements the outreach work undertaken by the Parkes Institute. Many congratulations for this well-deserved prize and many thanks for continuing to spread the knowledge about James Parkes important fight against antisemitism and racism’.

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