BAC Wadsworth Prize

The BAC Wadsworth Prize is awarded by the Business Archives Council for a book judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the study of British business history. It is awarded annually and selection is based on books published during the previous year.

The winner of the 2013 Wadsworth Prize for Business History is Richard Roberts for ‘Saving the City: The Great Financial Crisis of 1914’, published by Oxford University Press. The prize was announced at a reception held on 20th November 2014 in London at the Embankment offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Sir Geoffrey Owen, the BAC President, presented the award.  The judges for this year’s prize were Justin Cavernelis-Frost from The Rothschild Archive, last year’s winner Dr Steve Koerner and the historian Dr Judith Rowbotham, who spoke on their behalf.

The judges congratulated Professor Roberts on his highly original and thought-provoking book, turning what might appear to be a dry topic into a thrilling story with page-turning intrigue.  The book was also impeccably researched and written in an enjoyable and accessible style.  Dr Rowbotham had no doubt that it was the outstanding business history of the year.

Past prize winners.