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Prestigious Award for FoSOC’s President

Sunday 15th October 2017

The Chairman and Committee of FoSOC are delighted to share with all members the news that our President, Professor James Stevens Curl of the University of Ulster, has been honoured with the presentation of The President’s Medal at the British Academy’s 2017 Awards and Medals Ceremony.
The President’s Medal rewards outstanding service to the humanities and social sciences. It covers a broad range of activities including insightful journalism contributing to public understanding using research, policy making and public leadership. The citation for Professor James Stevens Curl is ‘for his contribution to the study of the History of Architecture in Britain and Ireland’.
There were five recipients of The President’s Medal at the 2017 Ceremony; in addition, other named British Academy medals and prizes were awarded. Details of all the awards can be found at:
https://www.britac.ac.uk/news/wikipedia-roman-coins-british-academy-recognises-excellence-humanities-and-social-sciences
The President of the British Academy, Professor Sir David Cannadine, said of the Ceremony:
‘We are thrilled to present this year’s awards to such an outstanding group. This year’s winners, be they academics, broadcasters, writers or entrepreneurs, have all demonstrated excellence in their respective fields. They have blazed new trails through their disciplines, shown dedication of the highest order and, through their work, furthered understanding of what it means to be human.’
We, at FoSOC, respectfully consider the award to our President to be a richly deserved honour and congratulate him on it. As a group closely involved with a Victorian cemetery we know, and appreciate very well, the value, importance, depth and extent of research and clarity of expression that mark out his writings in works such as ‘A Celebration Of Death’ and ‘The Victorian Celebration Of Death’.
The bust of Professor Curl in the photograph above is by the Sculptor-in-Ordinary to HM The Queen in Scotland, the great Alexander Stoddart.