1921 Essay Competition

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1921 Essay Competition

HTANI, in collaboration with the Centenary Historical Advisory Panel, would like to invite students to enter the History and Politics A/AS Level 1921 Essay Competition, launching 23rd  March 2021.

The 1921 Essay Competition is open to any student studying AS/ A2 Level History or Government and Politics in 2021, in any school or college in Northern Ireland. Students are invited to submit an essay of 2,000 to 2,500 words in response to the following title:  

Was the creation of Northern Ireland in 1921 a surprising outcome to the Third Home Rule crisis?

Prizes will be awarded to the top three successful entries: £250 1st prize, £150 2nd prize and £100 3rd prize. There will also be a £100 prize awarded to the teacher of the 1st prize student. Winning essays will be shared on HTANI’s website to celebrate and highlight the importance of fresh perspectives on past events.

Background

As part of the UK Government’s plans to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary, an independent Historical Advisory Panel was established in August 2020, bringing together academics with a range of expertise and historical perspectives, tasked with ensuring that the historical facts of Northern Ireland’s centenary are understood in their fullest context, guided by the Principles for Remembering. To promote strengthening of public understanding of the historical context around the centenary and the creation of Northern Ireland, the Historical Advisory Panel, supported by the Northern Ireland Office, and in collaboration with HTANI, would like to use this opportunity to encourage our young people to engage with the NI centenary.

The aim of this competition is to ensure that students across Northern Ireland are offered this unique opportunity to utilise their skills to analyse the historical background to the formation of Northern Ireland, through delving deeper into this topic in a way that enhances their factual knowledge of this period and engages fully with the wider historical context.

 

Who can enter

Students studying AS/ A2 Level History or Government and Politics in 2021, in any school or college in Northern Ireland.

 

 

How to enter

1. Students should write an essay of 2,000 to 2,500 words in response to the following title:  

 

Was the creation of Northern Ireland in 1921 a surprising outcome to the Third Home Rule crisis?

PRONI have shared six extracts from their forthcoming resource Ireland 1900-1925: Crisis, War and Revolution which may provide act as a stimulus for study.

2. Students should submit their completed essay to their teachers electronically, with a copy of the Student Submission Form which should be signed by both student and teacher. NB this form is only required by HTANI if the student is successful. Individual student entries cannot not be accepted.

3. Teachers should collate their student essays, fill in the Teacher Submission Form and submit the completed form and essays to historyteachersni@gmail.com before the deadline of 17.00hrs on Friday 21st May 2021.        

 

 

Please read the Competition Terms and Conditions before applying.

 

All essays will be marked in accordance with the rules of the competition as detailed on the HTANI website. The winner and runners-up will be contacted through their teachers in mid June 2021 by the HTANI 1921 Essay Committee. Should you have any queries about this competition, please do not hesitate to contact HTANI at historyteachersni@gmail.com.