• 1 December 2016

The William MB Berger Prize for British Art History is awarded each year to celebrate 'outstanding achievement in the history of British art'. The prize, which is administered by The British Art Journal and awarded jointly with the Berger Collection Educational Trust, is awarded to an especially distinctive and original book, exhibition, or exhibition catalogue published in the previous year.

This year, four of the six books that made up the Berger Prize shortlist were Paul Mellon Centre titles, published for the Centre by Yale University Press. These were:

Peter Cormack, Arts and Crafts Stained Glass
Alex Kidson, George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of His Paintings
William Vaughan, Samuel Palmer: Shadows on the Wall
Giles Waterfield, The People's Galleries: Art Museums and Exhibitions in Britain 1800-1914

In a ceremony that took place last night it was announced that Giles Waterfield's The People's Galleries had won the 2016 Berger prize. Giles sadly and unexpectedly passed away last month, which gave the announcement a particular poignancy. The prize is a fitting accolade to one of the greatest of his many contributions to the scholarship on British art.