BAC Wadsworth Prize

The BAC Wadsworth Prize is awarded annually by the Business Archives Council for a book judged to have made an outstanding contribution to the study of British business history.

The winner of the 2017 prize is Hermione Giffard for her book ‘Making Jet Engines in World War II: Britain, Germany, and the United States’. The prize was awarded at a Reception held on Tuesday 21 November 2017 hosted by Harper Collins. This year’s judges were Dr David Kynaston (one of last year’s winners), Dr Melinda Haunton of the National Archives and John Chambers, of the Archives and Records Association. ‘Making Jet Engines’ was praised for the new light that it threw on the Second World War, in particular the way that it took a step back to look across different nations to understand the commercial and economic pressures faced by companies as well as the narrative of the individuals involved.

Two other books were commended, Heather Dalton’s ‘Merchants and Explorers’, and Tyler Beck Goodspeed’s  ‘Legislating Instability’.

Past prize winners.