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The Julian Bickersteth Memorial Medal

The Julian Bickersteth Memorial Medal is made to persons who have made notable and exemplary contributions to family history studies in the judgement of and at the discretion of the Trustees.

Kenneth Julian Faithful Bickersteth was born at Ripon on the 5th July 1885, the third son of the late Dr Samuel Bickersteth. Educated at Rugby, Christchurch, Oxford and Wells Theological College, Julian was ordained in 1909. He came to Canterbury as Archdeacon of Maidstone in 1943, having had a long career in education, both in England and Australia. He died on 16th October 1962.

Julian Bickersteth's interest in education never waned and it was from these very real promptings that his idea for The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies arose as a means of investigating the history and structure of family life. He left the realisation of his aims to Cecil Humphery-Smith, his godson, whom he had invited to form a school for family history studies in 1957. An exhibition of artifacts of family life was brought to Canterbury in 1960 and Julian lived to see the foundation of the Institute in Northgate in February 1961, enjoying its rapid progress in teaching and research over the following eighteen months.

In 1964, the Institute was registered as an independent charitable Trust and Cecil Humphery-Smith provided funds so that the Trustees could make an appropriate annual award in memory of the man who was the inspiration and sponsor of the Institute. The award is made to persons who have made notable and exemplary contributions to family history studies in the judgement of and at the discretion of the Trustees.

The Medal, designed by the donor in the form of a medieval armorial seal, has the arms of Bickersteth flanked by the Institute's heraldic badge on the face and an heroic garland of oak leaves surrounding the recipient's name on the reverse. It is cast from the original die in gilded silver.

Medal Awardees

The Trustees have awarded the Julian Bickersteth Memorial Medal to the following individuals at dinner or luncheon parties held in Canterbury, in London and elsewhere.

1967John Brooke-Little, CVO
Michael G Heenan
Frederick Humphery-Smith, MBE
Don J Steel
Peter Laslett
E A Wrigley
1969R C Gale
William Urry
1970C Wilfrid Scott-Giles, OBE
1971The Earl Mountbatten of Burma
1974Derick Emmison, MBE
1975Francis W Steer
1976A Noble
1977Lt-Col Iain S Swinnerton
1978Leon Jéquier
1979Major Francis Jones
Peter C Bartrum
1980Sir Colin Cole, KCB, KCVO
1981Sir Iain Moncrieffe of that Ilk, CVO
1982Marc Fitch, CBE
1983George D Squibb, MVO
Jiri Louda
1984The Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, CB, CBE
1985Cecil R J Humphery-Smith, OBE
1986Archbishop Bruno Heim
1987Roger Harmignies
1988Arlene Eakle
The Hon Sir George Bellew. KCB, KCVO
1989Terrick FitzHugh
Michael Maclagan, CVO
1990Szabolcs de Vajay
1991Peter Wilson Coldham
Sir Anthony R Wagner, KCB, KCVO
1992Michael Powell Siddons
1993Jean-Claude Loutsch
1994Gerard J Brault
1995Jeremy Gibson
1996G S U
1997Brian Frith
1998Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, CB, OBE
1999Cliff R Webb
2000John A Goodall
2002Robert D Watt
2005Professor David G Hey
2006Baron Hervé Pinoteau
2007George Redmonds
2008Nick Barratt
2010Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones KCVO
2011The Society of Genealogists
2016Elizabeth Roads LVO
2018A G R A
2021Peter de Vere Beauclerk-Dewar