About SLHA


Flora Murray

Flora Murray, OBE (1913-2009) served SLHA for 74 years.

At various times she held office as Administrator, Chairman and Vice-President of the society.

Miss Murray was a well-loved and highly respected figure throughout the County.

SLHA Awards Scheme
Recognising local groups, societies and individuals

SLHA has an awards scheme to recognise the endeavours and achievements of local groups, societies and individuals in the fields of Lincolnshire history and archaeology.

There is one annual award called The Flora Murray Award, consisting of a cheque for £200 and a framed certificate. An occasional award can be granted at the Society's discretion called The SLHA Award for Excellence. This consists of a framed certificate. Winners of either award receive free copies of the Society’s journal and magazine for one year.


Groups and individuals are eligible to receive awards. Groups must be operating within the historic county of Lincolnshire. This restriction does not apply to individuals, academics and other professionals who are eligible, provided that their work pertains to the County. Projects in which SLHA (as a society, rather than individual members) has played a major role are ineligible, but if there is doubt please ask us.


Suggested projects suitable for entry to the scheme are published books, exhibitions, lectures, educational resources and village trails, but other projects, as long as they focus on the history and archaeology of the County, are also welcome.


Applications for an award must be made on an application form by either the applicant directly or by a third party with the potential award recipient's permission. Application forms can also be downloaded from www.slha.org.uk


The project should contain sound information and be presented clearly and attractively. The purpose of the project and its target audience should be made clear; indications of success would be helpful. Original ideas and projects that have a ‘wow’ factor will be especially welcome.


A panel of senior SLHA post holders will judge nominations. Their decisions are final. The Society reserves the right not to make any awards in a particular year.


The Flora Murray Award and SLHA Awards for Excellence will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, normally held in October.

Closing Date

The closing date for the 2019 awards is 31 July 2019.

Copy of application form
Illustrated report of Award winners 2011-2016
Illustrated report of Award winners 2017
Illustrated report of Award winners 2018

Award winners 2018

Flora Murray Award
Winterton Parochial Church Council - church and schools project
(Gwenifer Shawyer, centre)

Awards of Excellence
1. Carenza Lewis, Ian Waites & Neil Parker - community archaeology project, Gainsborough
(Carenza Lewis, left)
2. Peter Worsley - book on the Darwin family's estates in Lincolnshire
(Peter was not present at the ceremony)

Also in the photograph
Rod Ambler, SLHA President (right)