Charles Ede Essay Prize

$300 prize

Museum of Antiquities collectionBackground information

The Charles Ede Essay Prize was established in 1999 by James Ede in memory of his father. Charles Ede (1921–2002) was the founder of the Folio Society in 1947, publishing handcrafted, limited edition books. In 1971 he established Charles Ede Ltd, a leading London based firm dealing in Classical and Pre-Classical Antiquities from Greece, Egypt, Italy, Cyprus and the Near East.

Submission deadline

The submission deadline is 30 June, 2015. Essays must be submitted by email to the Head of the School of Humanities at


The Prize is awarded for the best essay by any student currently enrolled in the School of Humanities at the University of New England, including postgraduate students. The 2000–3000 word essay must have as its research focus one or more objects in the UNE Museum of Antiquities. No specific topic is provided, but the essay may have been submitted as part of a course in an academic unit.

Access to objects and information

The Museum of Antiquities will provide entrants with reasonable access to objects and Museum records in order to assist you to prepare your essay. If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please make early contact with either:

Ms Michelle Arens, phone (02) 6773 3037
Mr Ian Stephenson, phone (02) 6773 6466.

Presentation and submission requirements

  • A digital copy of the essay must be submitted in word processed form, in accordance with accepted academic principles governing documentation of sources.
  • The submitted essay must include a cover sheet.
    • Entrant's name
    • Course in which the entrant is enrolled
    • Entrant's student number
    • Entrant's email address
    • Entrant's postal address
    • Entrant's phone number
    • Essay title.
  • A 250 word précis is required at the time of submission.
  • Photographs, diagrams and other appropriate visual material are acceptable inclusions in your essay. All visual material must comply with copyright laws and regulations. Any permissions required to use such material is the responsibility of the entrant.
  • Submit your essay by email to the Head of School, School of Humanities, with the subject line 'Charles Ede Essay Prize' followed by the entrant's full name.
    Submission deadline is 30 June 2015.

Publishing rights

The School of Humanities reserves the right to publish or make use of entrant submissions in ways that are appropriate to the role of the School and the Museum of Antiquities.


The adjudicators' decision is final.

Notification of results

The winner of the Charles Ede Essay Prize will be notified in September.

Previous winners

  • 2013 - Annabelle Taylor, Etruscan Art and Architecture
  • 2011 - Nicola Forster, Cypriot Byzantine glazed ceramics: an archaeometry study using non-destructive PXRF
  • 2010 - Jillian Huntley, Provenancing of ochre and artefacts: applications for wholly non-destructive portable x-ray florescence spectrometry
  • 2008 - Pauline Hams, Phi figures and related forms
  • 2004 - Celeste Baldwin
  • 2003 - Cheryl Brooks, Borobudor and Loro Jonggrang temple at Prambanan as expressions or interpretations of the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions of India in a Javanese setting
  • 2002 - Todd Craig
  • 2001 - Robert Bostock, Two Greek coins from Magna Graecia in the Museum of Antiquities
  • 1999 - Tim Dawson, A survey of Middle and Late Byzantine tableware