Eighth annual ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ to be Presented Next Week in Westminster

The committee of the (UK) All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History has announced that it will honour the work of historian Sir Tom Devine and archivist Bruce Jackson with its annual ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’. The winners will receive their certificates formally at a special lunch in the House of Commons on 17 July 2018, immediately after the group’s annual general meeting.

Scotland’s Pre-eminent Historian

Sir Tom Devine OBE is Professor Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh and long regarded as Scotland’s pre-eminent historian. He is the first Scottish historian to win the award (Scottish archivist George Mackenzie is a previous winner of the archivist’s award). Sir Tom has written and published on all aspects of Scottish history, from the middle ages through to the modern day. He is a frequent media commentator and active campaigner on issues as diverse as Scottish independence, protection of battlefield sites, Brexit, Scotland’s diaspora, and much more.

Nick Thomas-Symonds, MP commented:

“Sir Tom has long been a top authority on the history of Scotland and expert at weaving a deep understanding of Scotland’s past into the debates that will shape its present and future. I am delighted that he is the first Scottish historian to receive this award and that his wife Catherine is able to join us in accepting it.”

An Outstanding Career Preserving Lancashire’s Heritage

Bruce Jackson retired in 2014 as County Archivist for Lancashire after over twenty years in the role (and 38 years in the sector as a whole) and as County Heritage Manager. During his tenure he pioneered the introduction of professional records management standards and the early use of computers in the sector. He also worked to build connections and learning among professionals across other information and heritage sectors. After graduating from the University of Liverpool, he began work at Strathclyde Regional Council and Strathclyde University, before moving to Tyne and Wear Archives. Actively involved for over thirty years in both the ARA and the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government, he still chairs the Archive Service Accreditation partnership on behalf of the ARA.

Lord Clark of Windermere, PC, co-Chair of the All-Party Group, said:

“I am delighted that the All-Party Group has chosen to recognise Bruce Jackson’s contribution to the recordkeeping sector, notably – and I declare a personal passion here! – to the rich heritage of north-west England. In retirement Bruce continues to devote time and energy to the next generation of the profession, especially as Chair of the successful Archive Service Accreditation scheme, epitomising lifetime commitment and ongoing lifetime achievement. I am delighted that Bruce’s wife Fiona is able to join us in celebrating him receiving this award.”

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