Following a vote by BSHS members we are delighted to announce that the winner of the inaugural Ayrton Prize is the British Library for their project Voices of Science. There was strong competition amongst an excellent field but you, the members, chose to recognise the important contribution which Voices of Science is making not only to the scholarly landscape but also public engagement with the history of science. Our Outreach and Education Chair, Jamie Stark, commented that Voices of Science “breaks new ground in charting the lives of practising scientists and opens a gateway to a new generation of research and engagement. The site itself is well-crafted and slick, and makes the most of the resources available. Amongst a really excellent shortlist which included other innovative and engaging projects, Voices of Science is a worthy winner.”
The Ayrton Prize recognises outstanding web projects and digital engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine. The prize name was chosen by members of the BSHS from a shortlist to recognize the major contributions of Hertha Ayrton (1854-1923) to numerous scientific fields, especially electrical engineering and mathematics, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The shortlist was compiled by members of the BSHS’s Outreach and Education Committee and reflect the broad range of entries, from virtual exhibitions to blogs and digitisation projects. The quality and breadth of our six shortlisted entries shows what is possible on both large and small budgets, and we hope that these will inspire the next generation of digital projects in the history of science.