Annual Essay Competition

Cromwell's statue outside Parliament, London

Cromwell’s statue outside the Houses of Parliament, London


The title for the annual essay competition for 2019 was:

‘That which you have by force, I count as nothing.’
Was the English Revolution anything more than a military coup d’etat?

The winner of the competition was Christopher Conway from Kings College School, Wimbledon. The essay will also appear in our journal Cromwelliana in 2020 and is available to download here (pdf).

Congratulations to Christopher and thanks to all those who took part.

The Cromwell Association ‘A’ level Essay prize is a regular fixture in our calendar. In 2020 the title of the competition essay is:


‘A person to be truly admired for nothing but apostasy and ambition and exceeding Tiberius in dissimulation’ [Slingsby Bethal 1668].
Given that in 2002, Cromwell was voted the third greatest Briton of all time, how do you explain the contempt shown him by some of his contemporaries?


For full details of the competition and how to enter, contact education@olivercromwell.org.