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Queen's University

Department of History

History Student, Hilary Wight, winner of Canadian Undergraduate Essay Contest

Hilary Wight (B.A. Honours - History 2009) is one of this year's winners of the Canadian Undergraduate Essay Contest in British Studies. The contest is sponsored by the North American Conference on British Studies, which awards 10 prizes annually to the best essays in British Studies by Canadian undergraduate students. Hilary's essay, entitled "Bomb Disposal in Britain During the Second World War: A History of Unexploded Bombs and the Image of the People's War," traced the development of bomb disposal programs and practices by the British military as well as the extent to which unexploded bombs on Britain's home front filtered into the public consciousness and popular narrative of the British war experience. Hilary's essay also won the Department of History's 2009 Michael R.G. Harris Memorial Prize for the best essay on a topic in military or naval history at Queen's. Hilary wrote the essay for Dr. Matthew McKean's (HIST363) Twentieth-Century British Isles senior seminar in the winter of 2009. Congratulations Hilary!

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