Congratulations to Professor Tom Griffiths, who has won the Ernest Scott Prize for The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their Craft.

Well-known for his outstanding work in environmental history, Griffiths’ book includes essays on a selection of historians, including environmental historians and others who have engaged deeply with issues of land, place and belonging. As Griffiths writes in his introduction, the book ‘portrays a vigorous and confident Australian intellectual culture, one that draws its dynamism from our own ecological and historical opportunities’. The judges’ citation can be viewed on the prize shortlist page here.

The Ernest Scott Prize for History is awarded annually to the book judged to be the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation published in the previous year.

The Prize is based on a bequest given to the History Department of the University of Melbourne by Mrs Emily Scott in memory of her husband, Sir Ernest Scott, who held a professorship in the department for 23 years, to commemorate in particular his interest in the development of Australian historical studies.