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Vellacott Essay

Peterhouse Admissions Office, Cambridge CB2 1RD | tel: 01223 338223 | email:[email protected]PETERHOUSE VELLACOTT HISTORY PRIZE Writing your essay Write an essay of between 2,000 and 4,000 words including footnotes and appendiceson one of the following questions. Include a bibliography and ensure all sources are referenced. Essaysmust be submitted as a PDF via the online form. Please ensure that the pages in your essay are numbered and that your name and school appears clearly on the first page. Please also name the pdf file in the following format: Prize-Question number-Surname-Initial e.g. Vellacott-2-Smith-F.pdf.Competitors are advised that the main focus of the essay should not be material previously or currently being studied by the entrant as part of their sixth form studies. The entrant may refer to topics that will be studied in future so long as, at the time of the closing date, the entrant has received no formal tuition on the topic in question. All entries must be verified by a Head of Sixth Form or Head of History confirming that the essay is the entrant’s own work and that the main focus of the essay is not something which s/he has hitherto studied in the sixth form classroom. How to submit A maximum of two entriesper competition per school can be accepted, except by prior arrangement with your school. All entries must be approved by a teacher, so make sure your History teacher and Head of Department know you are entering and you have the relevant email address to hand when you create your account. Once essays are uploaded to our system, it is not possible to make changes –please ensure you are happy with your work before pressing ‘submit’. It is

Peterhouse is setting some interesting questions for Year 12  students to discuss (with reference to any academic discipline or area of interest) for its annual Vellacott Essay Prize.

Students are asked to choose a topic that you have not previously studied at school from the long list of questions, which include a wide range of historical topics, also touching on a number of other subject areas, such as Classics, Theology, Art, Literature, Music, Politics, Architecture and Sociology. Here are some examples of the questions set:

  • Is race a modern concept?
  • What were the political consequences of the Black Death?
  • Why did early modern people accuse their neighbours of being witches?
  • Why were there so many new inventions in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
  • Was there a 'crisis of masculinity' in the late Victorian period?
  • 'Probably there are countries where you can predict a man's opinions from his income, but it is never quite safe to do so in England'. Do you agree with George Orwell?

The full list of questions and details of the competition are available on the Peterhouse website in the Vellacott Prize information pdf, and please also read the details of eligibility and the history of the Peterhouse essay prizes. The deadline is 17 March 2017 .Good luck to those who choose to explore some of these topics, whether just for curiosity or to develop an essay and enter the competition!