A Generous Gift: The Dr Teddy Church Prize in History

The University of Kent and the Kent Museum of Freemasonry are delighted to announce the establishment of the Dr Teddy Church Prize in History. This prestigious award honours the memory of Dr Church, a dedicated GP and passionate collector of Kentish history, genealogy and heraldry.

Dr Church’s life was dedicated to service. As a GP, he undoubtedly improved the lives of countless patients. His personal passion, however, lay in uncovering the rich tapestry of Kent’s past. Through meticulous collecting, he amassed a significant library of books on these subjects. Recognising the value these resources would have for future generations, Dr Church generously left his collection to the Kent Museum of Freemasonry in his will.

The Dr Teddy Church Prize in History continues this spirit of giving. Awarded annually for the next five years, the prize will recognise outstanding academic achievement in history amongst first year students at the University of Kent. The generous sum of £500 will be split, with £300 awarded as a first prize and £200 as a second prize.

This Prize serves not only as a tribute to Dr Church’s legacy, but also as an encouragement to future historians. The University of Kent is deeply grateful to the Kent Museum of Freemasonry for establishing this award. We have no doubt that the Dr Teddy Church Prize in History will inspire and motivate students for years to come.

We were delighted to welcome Richard Wingett, Chairman of the Trustees of the Kent Museum of Freemasonry, and Peter Hazelwood, Trustee, to officially sign the Gift Agreement alongside Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh, Head of the School of Classics, English an History at the University and Hilary Edridge, Lady Melville, Head of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations.

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