Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and Kerry County Museum are delighted to announce a new online Education and Outreach project aimed at young people interested in history, archaeology and heritage. The Kerry Young Historian Award is an annual online initiative open to all Kerry secondary schools and all young people aged 12 to 19.

The purpose of the award is to encourage participants to research, write and present on a local history topic in a personal, interesting and critical way with a special focus on some of Kerry’s untold stories. The award aims to encourage and produce the historians of the future as well as engaging young people in local history, archaeology and heritage.

This collaborative initiative of Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, Kerry County Council and Kerry County Museum is supported by The Education Centre Tralee and the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, Kerry branch.

Kerry Secondary Schools are asked to submit an expression of interest by Friday 6th November 2020 at the latest, earlier submissions welcome.

Project Support:

Once we have received expressions of interest, we will supply an Internal Heat Support Pack with helpful hints for teachers and students, best practice guidelines, logos, example and Kerry Young Historian certificates. If your school would like to participate, please submit an expression of interest (see form below) by contacting K.A.H.S. Education Officers Victoria McCarthy and Claudia Köhler at

Internal School Heat:

Each participating school will need to hold an Internal School Heat to select a student speaker to represent your school. The Internal School Heat should take place between January and March 2021. We are looking for a PowerPoint presentation between 10-15 minutes long which students use to present their research. One speaker from each school who participated in the Internal School Heat can be entered for the Kerry Young Historian Award Final. Please note that the name of the speaker, the title of their talk and PowerPoint presentation will be required by Friday 26 March 2021, earlier nominations are welcome.

The Kerry Young Historian Award Final:

The chosen speaker from each school will be invited to attend the online Kerry Young Historian Award Final. The Final event will take place via Zoom at the end of April 2021. The winner of the Young Kerry Historian Award will receive a prize and a trophy for their school.


The benefits of participating in the Kerry Young Historian Award include developing effective public speaking and presentation skills, research and interpretation skills, knowledge and confidence, critical analysis and original thought. Students can also use their research towards CBA:1 The Past in My Place local history projects. Students awarded first, second and third prize will be given the opportunity to present their research and publish their findings. Participants can include the award on university applications and references.


Expressions of Interest: The Kerry Young Historian Award 2021 

School name:

School Address:


School phone number:

School website:


Name of Principal:

Name of designated History Teacher:

Email of designated History Teacher:

Mobile number of designated History Teacher:


Preferred way of being contacted about the project:

⃝     Email         ⃝      School phone number    ⃝     Mobile number


GDPR: Please note that new data protection legislation provides for additional requirements in relation to retention of personal data. Currently, your contact information in form of a digital expression of interest form will be retained by project managers Claudia Köhler (Kerry County Museum) and Victoria McCarthy (Kerry County Council) until the project is completed. We will never share your personal data externally or maintain an electronic database.


Do you have any comments, queries or suggestions for us at this stage? Please let us know: