Harding Prize Entry

The Harding Prize is awarded each year in April. Entry is open to those aged 33 or younger on 1st January of the same year. The entry consists of an original paper relating to any aspect of tunnelling which the entrant considers to be of interest to others in the tunnelling industry. The deadline for submission of entries is 31 January.

Harding Prize Rules and entry details

An original paper with a minimum of 1,500 words and not exceeding 6 pages is to be submitted in digital format to the BTS Secretary by 31st January. (NB: contrary to earlier instruction, a hard copy is NOT required.) The rules for 2018 can be viewed here.


The papers are reviewed by a group of BTS committee members and the writers of selected papers are then invited to make an oral presentation to the April BTS meeting. The winner is decided by members of the BTS Committee and receives two tickets to the BTS Annual Dinner, a copy of Sir Harold's book 'Tunnelling History and My Own Involvement' and £500. Runners up whose papers are selected for presentation will each receive a cheque for £100 and all of the remaining entrants who submitted a paper to an approved standard will receive a cheque for £50.