Best Historical Website Award

Each year, the British Columbia Historical Federation offers an award for the best website about British Columbia history. The award honours individual or group volunteer efforts in website writing and presentation.

Deadline: Nominations must be received by March 1 The purpose of the $250 award is to recognize an individual or group initiative. The award criteria is as follows:
  • Government, academic, and professionally produced institutional sites are not eligible.
  • The recipient(s) will have been a resident in British Columbia for the year prior to the award year.
  • The website must be developed and maintained primarily through volunteer labour.
  • The website must have been in existence for at least 12 months prior to judging; and it must be active at the time the award is presented.
  • The site should be somewhat permanent in nature and the creator must be willing to have it archived.
  • The website may be hosted either by a private Internet Service Provider (ISP) or by an educational institution in, or out of Province.
  • Decisions by the contest judges, who are to selected by the BCHF from a volunteer base, are final and not subject to appeal to the Federation Executive.
  • BCHF reserves the right not to award a prize in a given year should applications not be of sufficient quality.

Publicity: The winning website will be posted in the British Columbia Historical Federation’s publications.

In 1999 David Mattison of Victoria suggested that the Federation sponsor a contest for the best website about British Columbia history. The British Columbia Historical Federation endorsed this proposal and together with Mattison a jointly sponsored award is offered annually.