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The Prehistoric Society

Originally founded as the Prehistoric Society of East Anglia in 1908, the current name was established in 1935. The Prehistoric Society now has an international membership of around 2000 members.

The Prehistoric Society's interests are world wide and extend from the earliest human origins to the emergence of written records.

Membership is open to all, and includes professional, amateur, student and retired members from over 40 countries.

An active programme of events including lectures, study tours, research weekends and receptions allows members to participate fully in the Society and to meet other members and interested parties.


Research Fund

Available to Society members only.

Grants from this fund are to assist research into prehistory in any part of the world. In conjunction with the general fund, the Prehistoric Society administers the Bob Smith Fund (established by Dr G Wainwright to commemorate the late Dr R W Smith) and the Leslie Grinsell Award. Both the above named awards are selected from applications to the general fund and are offered to projects closest to the research interests of Bob Smith and Leslie Grinsell. Separate applications are not necessary.

The Research Grant aims to offer small 'pump-primer' grants to projects in their early stages. A further aim is to give preference to projects showing innovation in the field of prehistory research and to those scholars in the earliest stages of their research careers. However, although the above guidelines apply, all applications will be judged primarily on their academic quality.

The Society usually makes several awards from this fund within the range of £100-£1000 per award. Preference is likely to be given to small-scale projects less likely to attract significant funding from other major sources. The Prehistoric Society cannot accept applications for salaries, post-excavation work or student funding.

All applications and references must be received by 31st January.

Applications and references should be sent to:
Tessa Machling, The Administrative Assistant, The Prehistoric Society, Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY


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