The award commemorates Derek Fortrose Allen (1910–1975), elected a Fellow in 1963, who served from 1969 to 1973 as Secretary of the Academy, and from then until his death as Treasurer. It was founded in 1976 by his widow, Mrs Winifred Allen, and her sons to provide an award in one of three academic fields in which Mr Allen had particular interest. The Prize was first awarded in 1977.
In 2019 eligible nominations can be for any scholar of any nationality working in Musicology
How to nominate
Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nominations for 2019 have now closed.
In 2020 the Derel Allen Prize will be awarded for numsimatics.
Máire Herbert is Emeritus Professor of Early and Medieval Irish Language and Literature at University College Cork. She is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and the University of Cambridge. During her academic career she has been a scholar at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at the Harvard University Department of Celtic. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and current President of the Irish Texts Society. She has published widely on Early Irish literature and history, and on associations between Ireland and Scotland in the pre-Norman era.
“It is a great honour to have been awarded the Derek Allen Prize. I am deeply grateful to the family of the late Derek Allen, and to the British Academy, and I greatly appreciate the support for Celtic Studies which this Prize represents.”
2017 (numismatics) Professor Michael Crawford FBA, University College London
2016 (musicology) Dr Margaret Bent CBE FBA, University of Oxford
2015 (Celtic studies) Professor Pierre-Yves Lambert, Centre national de la recherche scientifique
2014 (numismatics) Dr Richard Reece, University College London
2013 (musicology) Professor Arnold Whittall, King's College London
2012 (Celtic studies) Professor Fergus Kelly, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
2011 (numismatics) Dr Mark Blackburn, Keeper, Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
2010 (musicology) Professor Gary Tomlinson, Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania
2009 (Celtic studies) Yr Athro Dafydd Jenkins, Emeritus Professor of Legal History and Welsh Law, University of Aberystwyth
2008 (numismatics) Professor Michael Metcalf, Emeritus Professor of Numismatics, University of Oxford
2007 (musicology) Professor Philip V. Bohlman
2006 (Celtic studies) Mr Daniel Huws
2005 (numismatics) Professor Philip Grierson, FBA
2004 (musicology) Professor Colin Timms
2003 (Celtic studies) Professor Pádraig Ó Riain
2002 (numismatics) Professor Dr Gert Hatz
2001 (musicology) Dr Janice Stockigt
2000 (Celtic studies) Professor Derick Thomson, FBA