The Ian Coulson Memorial Prize
The Ian Coulson Memorial Postgraduate Award has been set up to offer financial help to postgraduate students who wish to study a Kent history, archaeology and/or heritage topic for a higher degree at Canterbury Christ Church University.
This Award is organised under the Centre for Kent History and Heritage as a means of fostering research into Kent’s past and as a way of paying tribute to Ian Coulson. The initial funding was provided as a legacy of the Medieval Canterbury Weekend in 2016 and subsequent support for the fund is provided through the organisation of events by the Centre as a way of paying tribute to Ian, a good, long-time friend of History and Archaeology at the University.
The first Awards were made in September 2016 and a short report about some of the successful applicants can be read on this page.
Those interested in applying for funding should consult the Award Guidelines before downloading the application form.
His untimely death in December 2015 robbed Kent of a colossus in education, whether we are talking about primary schoolchildren right the way through to adults of all ages and backgrounds. For Ian was an inclusive sort of chap who wanted to share his passion for history and archaeology with anyone he came in contact with, and he came in contact with vast numbers as a teacher, an education advisor, including at the highest levels, as a member of several high-profile projects, including the Dover Bronze Age Boat and ‘A Town Unearthed’, a Heritage Lottery funded project involving Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury Archaeological Trust and most importantly the people of Folkestone.
Ian was also involved from an early stage in the Kent History Project, becoming General Editor in 2001, which comprises ten volumes covering the county’s past from prehistory to the twentieth century.
Ian was also President of Kent Archaeological Society (KAS) at the time of his death. To sum up Ian is difficult, but his enthusiastic engagement, his desire to teach well-researched history, to explain the complex simply without losing either the audience or the subtly of the topic, those were his hallmarks. He is sorely missed.