The Prehistoric Society

Dr RM Baguley and the Baguley Award

The R.M. Baguley Award is presented each year for the best contribution (in Council's opinion) to PPS.

Below, reproduced from Issue 38 of PAST, is the background to the Award:

It is with regret that we report the death in March 2001 of Dr R.M. Baguley. John Cruse writes that older members will remember Rodney Baguley as a regular participant in the Society's study tours in the late 70s/early 80s. His visiting card listed his interests as 'polar research' and 'exploration' and his qualifications as B.A., Ph.D. and D.Litt. As a tall man with long legs, Rodney was a very visible member of a tour party. From feedback given by other members, it is apparent that some of his colourful tales should probably have been taken with 'a pinch of salt'.

His lasting legacy to the Society was to inaugurate the R.M.Baguley prize, when he presented a set of wine glasses in 1979 (each engraved by himself), to be awarded each year to the author(s) of the best article (in the opinion of Council) in that year's Proceedings. Once the initial stock was used up, successive officers of the Society journeyed up to the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge to pick up the next batch. It was therefore very fitting that, at the last AGM, the new president, Prof. Graeme Barker was able to commemorate the donor, when both the 21st and 22nd Baguley prizes were presented to Joanna Brück for her paper in vol. 65, and Mark White and Danielle Shreve for their paper in vol. 66.