The Project is based at the University of Oldenburg, Germany, and the UK National Archives. It is subordinate to the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. It cooperates closely with The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) and the IT Experts of the VZG Göttingen.

 Funding Programme

The Project is funded within The Academies‘ Programme of the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities; it is assigned to the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Göttingen.

The Academies‘ Programme exists in order to retrieve and explore our cultural heritage, make it accessible and highlight its relevance to the present, and to preserve it for the future. It is currently the most comprehensive humanities research programme in Germany. Coordinated by the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the Programme supports long-term basic research projects, predominantly in the humanities but also in the social sciences. The programme and its research projects are executed by the eight academies under the umbrella of the Union as well as by Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences.

For a detailed introduction to the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities and the Academies‘ Programme visit their homepages: Union der Deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften  and The Academies‘ Programme.


Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg was founded in 1973, making it one of Germany‘s young universities. Its goal is to find answers to the major challenges society faces in the 21st century – through interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research. Distances on the Oldenburg campus are short: the University‘s academic and administrative staff work closely together. Many are integrated into special research areas, research groups and European clusters of excellence.

The University cooperates closely with more than 200 other universities worldwide and is also affiliated with non-university institutes in the areas of research, education, culture and business.

The University of Oldenburg is preparing over 13,700 students for professional life. It offers a broad range of disciplines, from language studies, cultural studies and the humanities to educational sciences, art and musicology, the economic and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, the natural sciences and the new medicine and health science programmes established in 2012.

The project of the Prize Papers is affiliated to the Historical Institute.

The National Archives, Kew

TNA was formerlyfour separate organisations: the Public Record Office (PRO), the Historical ManuscriptsCommission, the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and Her Majesty’sStationery Office (HMSO).

The repository of the Prize Papers is kept in TNA as part of the records of the High Court of Admiralty c1450-1995; though the Prize Papers date back to the period of the late 17th to the early 19th century.



The GHIL is the German Historical Institute based in London. It is part of the Max Weber Stiftung’s programme for centers of advanced studies abroad.

The institutes abroad are autonomous institutes carrying out independent academic work. They conduct their own research and promote cooperation with academics, as well as institutes within their own areas of work, in particular through publications and academic events, academic information and consultation, mediation of academic contacts, promotion of young historians, especially through scholarships as well as setting up and administering libraries and archives.

Developed by the joint initiative of German and British historians, the German Historical Institute London has been an integral part of the bilateral academic community for nearly four decades. Located in one of London’s typical town houses on Bloomsbury Square, it has become a point of reference for researchers from around the world. Having been the capital of the former British Empire, the metropolis is ideally placed to maintain a cross-border academic culture. Starting in 2013, the German Historical Institute London has established a Transnational Research Group in New Delhi together with British, German and Indian partners. Together with the London School of Economics it also hosts a visiting professorship funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

With regard to the Prize Papers project, the GHIL forms a junction between the British and German working areas. The project’s photographers are employed and supervised by the GHIL, and the GHIL provides a prosperous research environment for the project’s PhD candidates visiting and working in London. Additionally, the GHIL will host public outreach events such as lectures and conferences to promote and entertain the project’s and the Prize Papers’ further academic and public impact.


The Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund (GBV) is the common library network of the seven German federal states Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, LowerSaxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia and the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage. The GBV head office is situated in Göttingen.

The GBV is the cataloguing and service-oriented network of scientific, research and public libraries. The head office of the GBV (VZG) is responsible for library automation and the development of new innovative library specific services.

The work of VZG is characterized by the permanent effort to adjust the library network to the changing goals and expanding perspectives of modern library work.